Theo Walcott has revealed that his Arsenal team-mates have told Alexis Sanchez to "chill out" in training.
The Chile international has been sensational for the Gunners since arriving in the summer and continued that fine form with two goals against Burnley. That takes Sanchez's Premier League tally up to seven goals for the season and five in his last four games.
But it is not just his goals that have impressed, but his unbelievable work rate. Sanchez has a tendency to run his heart out each and every time he takes to the field; a trait that has endeared him to Arsenal fans almost instantly.
Walcott, who returned from an 11 month layoff agains the Clarets on Saturday, has revealed that Sanchez's enthusiasm is not just reserved for match days. The £35 million man works hard in training too and has refused to take rest days in the past.
"He’s a good leader, and something that we haven’t had in the Arsenal team before."
That has left to some concerns that Sanchez will burn himself out before the season is over and Walcott says his Arsenal team-mates have already warned the 25-year-old over his enthusiasm.
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“In training he doesn’t even want to do recovery days,” Walcott told talkSPORT. “That’s how much he loves football.
“All the guys have told him he needs to chill out because, at Christmas when all the fixtures come along, it’s going to catch up with you.
“He doesn’t care, he just wants to play and win. He’s a good leader, and something that we haven’t had in the Arsenal team before. He’s a dream to play with.”
Sanchez's growing popularity in the English game was confirmed on Match of the Day last night when fans were asked to compare him with Chelsea's PFA Young Player of the Year Eden Hazard. 64 per cent voted in favour of Sanchez.