Belfast Telegraph

Alexis Sanchez in focus

Alexis Sanchez has been key for Arsenal this season and started off brightly against Manchester City on Sunday.

Here, Press Association Sport takes a look at how the Chilean fared as City came back to win 2-1 at the Etihad Stadium.


Sanchez pressed with intensity from the outset, gesticulating at his team-mates to follow suit. An outlet to the midfield, his lay-offs, dribbling and close control meant it was hard for City to shackle him early on. Arsenal wasted a few chances to put him behind in a dominant first half, with the forward visibly frustrated by his lack of service after the break.


His energy means life is rarely straightforward for opposing defenders, with the intelligence of Sanchez's movement proving a nuisance. A simple move caught out Nicolas Otamendi inside five minutes, with the Chilean playing through Theo Walcott to open the scoring. Sanchez tried to make things happen in the second half but the match was already heading Arsenal's way.


While unable to net against City, his assist for Walcott was the 18th goal in 17 Premier League games he has been involved in - more than he managed in 30 matches last term. Sanchez was Arsenal's best player on a disappointing afternoon, underlining the importance of his contract being extended amid interest from free-spending suitors in China.


From Belfast Telegraph