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IN THE GROVE: A ‘provocative’ dribbler

Published: 2 December, 2016

ARSENE Wenger couldn’t stop singing the praises of Alexis Sanchez this week after the Chile striker bagged a brace in Arsenal’s 3-1 victory over Bournemouth on Sunday. 

Having made the switch from the left side of midfield to leading the line on his own, Wenger believes that Sanchez has taken yet another step forward in his career – and says Sanchez certainly knows how to pack a punch. 

“Alexis adds to his game a desire to fight for the team,” said the Arsenal boss. 

“He’s a winner, he wants to win the game and he does what it takes to win the game. 

“I believe on a tactical front he has improved much more. 

“He’s more conscious of his responsibilities and he is an intelligent player. 

“He understands what he has to do and I believe he’s more willing to help the team. 

“He also has the instinct of a real striker,” Wenger added.

“He wants to hit you, he wants to go at you. When he gets the ball, he runs forward and he runs at any defender. 

“He shows, maybe sometimes to excess, that dribbling quality is an important quality for a striker. It’s his game and you do not want to take that out of his game. His dribbling is provocative, it’s not retention, it’s provocative, to create damage.” 


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