Alexis Sanchez has been a revelation at Arsenal since joining from Barcelona in the summer.
The all-action Chilean international has been one of the players of the season at the Emirates Stadium, and was again influential as the Gunners beat Manchester United 2-1 in the FA Cup on Monday night.
Welbeck haunts United
Victory was anything but easy though, as goals from Danny Welbeck and Nacho Monreal secured Arsenal’s passage into the semi-final of a competition they won last season.
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And, in the mind of Sanchez, there was one key thing that epitomised the performance of Arsene Wenger’s side and helped them secure the win - attitude.
“It was a very physically demanding game, a box-to-box one. I got back home both happy and exhausted,” he told Arsenal Player.
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“The team played the game with a great attitude and with a genuine spirit to win it from the very first minute. We never put our heads down against a top club like Manchester United and that attitude gave us the victory.”
Sanchez also highlighted the performance against title-challengers Manchester City in the first month of 2015 as a game where the players went on to the field with the right attitude and produced the goods.
Stunning the Citizens
On that day, Arsenal won 2-0 at the Etihad with a disciplined display, stopping the Citizens and taking their chances when they arose. For Sanchez, that’s the kind of mentality that needs to go alongside the talent that’s on display at the Emirates Stadium.
“We also played like that at Manchester City [in January]. We showed a great winning mentality that day. If we add that to the very talented squad we have, we will be able to beat anyone,” he added.
“It’s all down to us. If we want to stay in the top four or climb some places in the table we must maintain the winning mentality. I always say that mentality is a crucial aspect in a football environment. If a footballer goes on the pitch with the right mentality he will perform well.”
There is very little doubt over the attitude and application of Sanchez, who has quickly become a fans favourite with his style of play in north London.
The same hasn't always been true of all of his teammates, but in the big games the forward has referenced, every Arsenal player turned up with a performance worthy of the victory.
If Arsene Wenger can get all of his squad on the same page when they take to the field, fully focused on what they need to do to achieve victory rather than playing perfect football, then there is little that could stop Arsenal.
What do you think Arsenal fans? Do you think attitude is the key to success, or is it something else - does this squad have enough talent?