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'Alexis is a leader and a true fighter'

Not only is Alexis our leading scorer this season, he is also one of the most influential figures in the dressing room.

The Chile forward has scored 22 times in all competitions but Hector Bellerin revealed Alexis’ role in the squad stretches further than just finishing our chances.

“He wants to train hard every day, not just what we have to do on the pitch but outside of it,” Bellerin told Arsenal Player.

"Sometimes he’s the first one to tell other players when we’re not giving 100 per cent.

“He’s a leader, we have loads of leaders in the dressing room but he’s the first one to get frustrated. Everyone sees that when he’s not happy he’s very expressive. Some people don’t show it as much as him, but when we lose or things don’t go well everyone gets frustrated.

“I think the mentality in the team - even though some people don’t express it - it’s the same one. Everyone wants to win, everyone wants to do their best but sometimes things don’t work. But it’s true that Alexis is a true fighter, he’s got a great winning mentality and that’s why things are going so well for him.

“We have a great atmosphere inside the dressing room,” the defender added. “When you start losing, that’s when you realise how strong your dressing room is, but even when things are not going well we have people who lift us up from inside the dressing room and I think that’s really important.”

 

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