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'Alexis can be a top striker in Europe'

Alexis was undoubtably the star of the show during our 5-1 win at West Ham United’s London Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

The Chile international scored a hat-trick and claimed an assist as we secured three points in east London, and was the biggest talking point in Arsène Wenger’s post-match press conference.

on Alexis…Look, he has all the ingredients to be a top class striker and he shows that now in every game. In a game like that today, again he is quick, he is quick to close down, he can dribble, he has short backlift. He has a killer instinct and it shows again that the South Americans, at the moment in world football, are the leading strikers. You have to acknowledge that. If you look through the top strikers in Europe, they are basically all South American now.

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on Alexis being happy up front…I think, yes, he likes the positions. You know how the players are, people like to play as strikers. If it doesn’t work, they prefer their first position. But when it comes off, of course, when they walk home with the ball under their arm, it’s a good feeling and I think and hope that it gives him the taste for more. He has the qualities to play there, he has good movement, he is sharp. Maybe size-wise you could say he is not the tallest, but he is quite good in the air when he goes for it.

on whether Alexis was struggling with an injury…He had a problem in his back at half-time, but he looked sharper in the second half than in the first!

 

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