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Alexis Sanchez opens up on disappointing first Arsenal season

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Alexis Sanchez has made comments to the media whilst on Copa America duty with his national team that many Arsenal fans will find interesting.

Comments made

During the pre-match press conference in the build-up to Chile's opeining game against Ecuador, the forward said: "I would have liked to be in the Champions League final or to have won the Premier League.

"I believe we have a group of skilful players so to not achieve more is disappointing."

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He also mentioned that he was disappointed with his personal performance of the 2014/15 season, this after scoring 25 goals and providing 12 assists in 52 matches in his inaugural season in the Premier League.

Causing a stir

These comments are bound to cause somewhat of a stir amongst the Arsenal faithful, however one thing that can't be ignored is the validity of the statement. Regardless of how great it was to retain the FA Cup this season, finishing 12 points behind Chelsea in the title race did not make for an enjoyable experience. Watching Cesc Fabregas performing wonderfully made it even more of a bitter pill to swallow.

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The biggest annoyance for Arsenal fans would be the fact that it was mostly the club's own ineptitude in the earlier parts of the season that led to Chelsea being given a very healthy head-start. Jose Mourinho's men then displayed their superiority over the rest of the division and never looked back.

Sanchez calibre

It is understandable for a player like Sanchez to make comments such as these or express his frustrations to the media. We must remember that he is used to winning trophies from his time at Barcelona and also going deep into big tournaments.

The Champions League was another frustrating venture for the player and Arsenal, as they lost 3-1 to Monaco in London and were unable to turn the tie around in the second-leg in France. Sanchez is used to playing in quarter-finals and semi-finals of the competition, again having reached both with Barcelona, and so crashing out in the last 16 would have been a disappoint for him.

Lack of a title challenge

The biggest criticism that has been levelled at Arsenal over the last two seasons has been the lack of a sustained title challenge. Finally free from the shackles of the crippling stadium debt which had plagued the club for years, the Gunners are now beginning to splash the cash in a big way, spending over £70 million on two players in the last two summer windows.

With that, a title challenge is to be expected by fans. However, with big price-tags come big expectations. Mesut Ozil is finally starting to show the form which lit up Real Madrid and Sanchez has been an undeniable success, but if Arsenal are to keep their star players happy then bringing major honours to north London is now of paramount importance.

Improvements needed

The summer window is right around the corner and Arsene Wenger must make this one count if he is to take Arsenal back to the summit of English football. Glaring deficiencies within the squad must be addressed, whilst changes in tactics and a more positive mindset must become the norm in away games.

Wenger has already confirmed that Sanchez will miss the start of next season in order to give him the proper rest required due to his Copa America duties. The boss must make sure that a slow start does not occur again because of this and hope that when he Chilean does make his return, he is every bit as classy as he was in his maiden Premier League term.

Arsenal fans, does Alexis have a right to be disappointed in his first season at Arsenal? Let us know what you think in the comments box below.

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