Alexis Sanchez is like a Duracell battery, says Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain

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Alexis Sanchez is still as fresh as he was on day one and is showing no signs of letting up, according to his Arsenal team-mate Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

The Chilean attacking midfielder produced yet another man-of-the-match as the Gunner ran out 3-0 winners against Stoke at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday scoring twice and setting up another.

That display took the former Barcelona man to 18 goals in all competitions for Arsenal - three more than he managed in his entire first season in Catalonia - and he has achieved that with a non-stop relentless commitment to every match.

Fully charged

“Alexis absolutely loves it. He is like a Duracell battery – he just does not give in,” Oxlade-Chamerlain told reporters. “Whether it is a cup competition or times when you think maybe it could be a chance for him to come out and rest, he is the first one to say he wants to play and he always wants to be a part of it.

“I am sure if the boss wants to rest him, he would respect that as well, but his attitude and the way he approaches training, you wouldn’t think he was tired and the way he is playing, you wouldn’t take him out of the side either.”

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Festive season

It is not without precedent that we expect overseas’ players to struggle with the hustle and bustle of the Premier League - especially in and around Christmas time.

A year ago Mesut Ozil’s slip into mediocrity after such a mesmeric start in an Arsenal shirt coincided with the busy festive schedule which British football values so highly.

But nobody need worry about Sanchez’s batteries as he was able played every single minute of Arsenal’s matches over Christmas before playing 84 minutes against Hull in the FA Cup and 90 minutes against Stoke on Sunday.

More English than anyone

And the Ox has hailed Sanchez’s ability to settle into Premier League life so quickly.

“Sometimes if you come from a foreign league, people may think that is not part of their league at all and they will have to get used to that, but he has come to England and he is more English than anyone I have ever seen in the way he plays.

“I think the rest of it takes care of itself - his quality and his finishing. He has scored some really good goals and scored some goals that you just have to be in the right place at the right time for.

“He has got the whole package and hopefully it can continue because that is going to help us.”

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