Alexis Sanchez shares childhood picture as an aspiring young footballer

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Alexis Sanchez has shared a childhood photograph of himself as an aspiring young footballer in his native Chile, highlighting the humble beginnings where the Arsenal forward took his first steps at forging a successful career in the professional game.

The £35 million signing from Barcelona has enjoyed an emphatic debut campaign at the Emirates Stadium, netting 19 goals in all competitions for Arsene Wenger's side so far.

Sanchez has been an instant hit in the Premier League after arriving in England with a glowing reputation following an illustrious spell at Camp Nou, where he played for a number of years after joining the Catalan giants from Serie 'A' outfit Udinese.

The 26-year-old always seemed destined to reach the top of the game ever since catching the eye in his formative years in the port city of Tocopilla. It was there where the South American sensation learned the tools of his trade before being picked up by Cobreloa.

Prior to making the high-profile move to Europe, Sanchez also enjoyed temporary loan spells at both Colo Colo and River Plate, stints that provided him with the necessary experience to make an immediate impact upon his arrival in Italy.

It was at Stadio Friuli where the Chile international really started to make a name for himself, eventually earning a lucrative transfer to Barcelona where he'd go on to play alongside Lionel Messi, Xavi Hernandez and Andres Iniesta in Catalunya.

Then, last summer Wenger paid big money to bring Sanchez to north London, and he's not looked back since after taking England's top-flight by storm in 2014/15. 

With over 75 international caps to his name, the fleet-footed forward is unquestionably one of the most exciting talents in modern football. And, that's why it's always nice to get a bit of insight into the background of these players, particularly when their upbringing is so modest.

Arsenal fans: Can you guess which of these kids is a young Alexis Sanchez pictured in the team photograph above? Look closely and you can see he hasn't changed that much - sitting second in from the bottom right!

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