Alexis - Why Messi is so special

Alexis has been playing in a new role for us this season, so it is only natural that he has been watching other players for inspiration.

The Chile forward has played with a range of strikers in Italy, Spain and England, but there is only one former team-mate who he is trying to model his game on.

“I like the way that Lionel Messi plays,” Alexis told Arsenal Player. “He likes to drop deep and let other players run on ahead of him, like Jordi Alba, Dani Alves and myself, when I used to play on the right there then look to find him in the middle again.


“Not quite a false nine. I like getting involved in the play more rather than chasing the ball. I like seeing lots of the ball because I have the chance to drop deep and that means I can link up with my team-mates more.”


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