Wenger - Alexis has given us extra fight

Giroud, Alexis and Ozil train ahead of the Stoke game

Arsene Wenger believes that Alexis Sanchez has given Arsenal extra fighting spirit.

The Chile forward has become an instant fan favourite in his debut season with his tireless workrate and threat going forward.

Wenger says the 26-year-old has exceeded his own high expectations.

"I believe I was not disappointed after signing Alexis, I was extremely happy"

Arsene Wenger

“When I bought Alexis I thought he can play on the right, he can play on the left, he can play through the middle,” the manager said.

“Secondly, I wanted someone who has a fighting spirit in the Premier League, to adapt, and to give something to the team on that front. That was needed - someone to say ‘come on, I’m ready for a fight’.

“Thirdly, a guy with a good combination of running in behind and can dribble as well. On all of that, I believe I was not disappointed. I was extremely happy.”

Wenger says Alexis’ inclusion has also brought the best out of Mesut Ozil.

“People questioned Ozil,” Wenger said. “Many people speak now about Alexis but in the first part of the season Ozil wasn’t there. In the second part of the season Ozil has blossomed and is getting to where you want him to be.

“He is a player that is the centre of our game and also makes other people play. The real players are those who take the qualities of their partners - Ozil is one like that. He is naturally generous.”


Mesut Ozil

Mesut Ozil


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