Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez is unquestionably the main man at the Emirates.
The Chilean is so often the one the Gunners turn to when in need of inspiration and individual brilliance.
Given his status at the club, it is no coincidence Sanchez has a knack for performing under pressure – and there are few less intimidating situations than taking a penalty kick.
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The 27-year-old is so confident in his ability to convert from 12 yards that last Sunday he ignored the club’s agreed penalty taking order to attempt a spot kick against Hull.
Arsenal supporters were left stunned as he jumped the queue ahead of Santi Cazorla and Theo Walcott and failed to hit the back of the net – an act that has left Arsene Wenger furious.
The Mirror reports the Frenchman has since warned Sanchez in no uncertain terms to adhere to the club’s rules and that Cazorla will be the first choice kick-taker should the situation arise at Chelsea this Saturday.
Cazorla has clearly been the best man for the job in recent weeks having struck a last gasp winner from the spot during the Gunners’ 2-1 victory over Southampton earlier this month.
Naturally, the Spaniard was left gobsmacked when Sanchez pushed him aside to take the penalty kick at the KC Stadium last weekend.
The former Barcelona star is contracted to Arsenal until 2018, though he is eager to pen a new £200,000-per-week deal with a buy-out clause – an offer the club is yet to put on the table.
Despite his recent mishap from 12 yards, Sanchez has and will likely continue to be a crucial member of Wenger’s squad as they seek to land their first Premier League title since 2004.
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