Arsenal star Alexis Sanchez has admitted that he feels like a child who has been robbed of his toy when players take the ball from him.
Speaking to BT Sport ahead of Arsenal’s FA Cup final clash against Aston Villa this Saturday, the Chile international revealed just how important having possession was to him and how his hunger to win the it back once he’d lost it could motivate the rest of his team.
Since arriving at the Emirates Stadium from Barcelona this summer Sanchez has garnered a reputation for an incredible work ethic and a never-say-die approach.
The diminutive forward might have been forgiven for possessing entirely different traits having spent time bossing La Liga alongside the likes of Lionel Messi, but to him having the ball is all that matters.
"Every time someone takes the ball off me I feel like I’ve been stripped of my toy," Sanchez said, as relayed by The Independent.
"When a player takes the ball off me I just want to win it back. That could work as a motivational tool for my team-mates but I don’t think about that on the pitch."
Not only is Sanchez known for his high work rate but he’s also virtually guaranteed to finish the campaign as Arsenal’s top goalscorer, unless of course Olivier Giroud can break records in the FA Cup final and score more than six goals.
His proficiency in front of goal has been a source of major delight to Arsenal fans this term and it’s certainly been a driving force behind the Gunners recapturing their title-contending form during the second-half of the season.
Ambitious as they come, Sanchez will have played a huge part in helping Arsene Wenger if his side lift the cup come Saturday, though that could end up placing more pressure on Le Prof to get things right next term.
Now that Arsenal have started to attract genuine world-class talent once again - see the likes of Sanchez and Mesut Ozil - expectations regarding major trophies are only going to increase. Players like Sanchez will have joined for one reason and one reason only, to win silverware, and if the Gunners don’t look like offering them that such hungry souls could could turn their attentions elsewhere.
Transfers to happen this summer?
With that in mind Wenger will be keen to carefully add to his squad this summer in a bid to strengthen his side’s resolve.
The acquisition of another defensive midfielder seems to be top of the list, with the likes of Morgan Schneiderlin, Ilkay Gundogan and Yohan Cabaye all linked with transfer to the Emirates Stadium.
Arsenal fans, how big an impact has Alexis made in your side this season? Who should Arsene Wenger try and sign in the summer? Let us know in the comments box below.