|Also known as number 17, Alexis
Alejandro Sanchez is a forward winger for Arsenal. He began playing with the
team on July 10th, 2014 with a (supposed) £35 million contract. The only
other member the club has spent such a large amount of money on was Mesut Ozil.
The number 17 was assigned to Sanchez after he signed. Number 17 previous
wearer, Nacho Monreal, now has number 18. Sanchez is known as one of the
worlds most impressive football players. He played his first game for
Arsenal on August 2nd, 2014, in a game against Benfica in the Emirates Cup
Born on December 19th, 1988, in Tocopilla, Chile, Sanchez
has played for teams like Cobreloa, Udinese Calcio, Colo-Colo, Serie A and
River Plate. When he was signed by Barcelona in 2011, he gained the title of
the most expensive transfer at a rate of £25 million. During his time
with Barcelona, he scored 39 goals and made 88 appearances. Over the course of
his career, he has played in two FIFA World Cups in 2010 and 2014 and the Copa
America in 2011.
He started out in Cobreloa, where he played with
Charles Aranguiz and Eduardo Vargas. He worked his way up to senior player in
2005. He also played in the Copa Libertadores and at 16 was one of the youngest
people to play in this competition. He moved to Udinese in 2006 and loaned him
to Colo-Colo. During his time playing for Udinese he made 95 appearances and
scored 20 goals.
In addition to playing for many prestigious teams,
since 2006, he has also been a member of the international team for
When Sanchez signed on to Arsenal, he stated he was "so happy to
be joining Arsenal, a club which has a great manager, a fantastic squad of
players, huge support around the world and a great stadium in
The arsenals manager, Arsene Wenger stated that Sanchez
"has consistently produced top-quality performances at the highest level for a
number of seasons now and we are all excited to see him integrate into the
Sanchez made 10 goals for Arsenal in only 17 games.
The only other player to beat his record was Ian Wright. In his game against
Stoke, critics claimed he played similarly to former Arsenal player, Thierry
Henry. He kept a close control of the game while scoring two points and acting
as an assist on one point. He also has complete control over his upper body and
has been known to block the ball with his chesteven from 60 yards away.
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On February 15th, after winning a match
against Middlesbrough in the FA Cup, Sanchez was mobbed by fans while trying to
drive home from the Emirates Stadium. The fans love him as much as his
teammates and managers doand not just because he consistently delivers.
Hes as kind and courteous to his fans off the field as he is cleaver and
cunning on the field. Even though he was on his way home, he paused to smile
and wave to his ecstatic fans, giving them the thumbs up sign and cheering
right along with them. He has clearly become one of the most popular players in
Arsenal, a team that is probably one of the most popular teams in English
Even without all his cool and collected play, Alexis Sanchez
is simply enjoyable to watch. He consistently plays solid games, scores goals
and keeps fans entertained in the process. With all his charisma, quick foot
work and high performance scoring, he is sure to be the EPL Player of the
Season this year.