Alexis Sanchez was on fire this morning as Chile beat Panama 4-2 to progress to the quarter-finals of Copa America.
The Arsenal star produced a magnificent man-of-the-match performance after scoring a brace - including an unstoppable volley (scroll down to watch the video) - and turning in a man-of-the-match performance.
Chile recovered from the shock of going 1-0 down after just five minutes by taking a 2-1 lead into the break thanks to two goals from Eduardo Vargas.
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But, it was the second-half that Sanchez turned on the style.
He made it 3-1 five minutes after the interval with a stunning volley. Vargas picked him out at the back post and Sanchez struck the sweetest of volleys past the ‘keeper into the roof of the net. It was fantastic technique and it’s doubtful that Sanchez has struck a ball as sweetly as that.
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Pick that out.
But the winger wasn’t finished there.
After Panama had made it 3-2, Sanchez assured victory with a great header in injury-time to round off an impressive individual performance.
While Arsenal fans will be delighted to see one of their players turn in a performance like this, they will also be fearing that a European giant was also keeping a close ey on on his display.
The 27-year-old has been linked with a move away from the Emirates and it’s clear that the former Barcelona man has the ability to play for any club across Europe.
In May, Sanchez’s future appeared in doubt when he stormed down the tunnel after being substituted during a home match against Norwich. However, Wenger played down the situation by saying: “Of course [he was not happy].
“I know Alexis very well, for a long time now, and he wants to play every minute.
“My job is to make decisions, and to make people 100 per cent happy there, as well, is very difficult.”
Sanchez likely to stay
However, Wenger looks willing to splash the cash this summer and seems hellbent on trying to end Arsenal’s 12-year wait for a Premier League title. The promise of adding world-class talent to their ranks will surely be enough to convince Sanchez to remain in north London.
Sanchez and his Chile teammates face a tough match against Mexico in the quarter-final of Copa America on Saturday. They will be hoping to emulate their success last year in the competition when they beat Argentina in the final on penalties.
If they are to win the tournament again, they will likely have to face the same opposition in the final with the two sides favourites to go all the way.
Last year, Sanchez was the hero in the shoot-out with a cheeky panenka penalty to hand Chile their first ever major trophy.
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