Arsenal star Alexis Sanchez has insisted that the Gunners have to challenge for the Premier League title next season, with Sunday’s 0-0 draw with Chelsea having all but ended their hopes of winning England’s greatest prize this time around.
Arsene Wenger’s men can still lift the FA Cup providing they beat Aston Villa at Wembley next month, but Sanchez, with his taste of domestic glory from his Barcelona days, is aiming at higher than that.
The Chile international, as relayed by the Daily Mail, told how he could yet improve in north London, whilst also admitting that he wasn’t the only one vying to win the Premier League at the next time of asking.
"All my team-mates want to win titles. Honouring the colours of our club.
"I like London, I quickly adapted. I'm very comfortable with Arsenal. In everyday life, too, the city is wonderful and it helps me be a better player. I am very happy to be at Arsenal.
"I have started my adventure here. Now I have to keep learning from football and from my team-mates. I must also better know the club and the league."
The star man
Sanchez has been nothing short of a revelation since trading the Nou Camp for the Emirates Stadium last summer. Unlike Mesut Ozil the 26-year-old has taken well to Premier League football, and this weekend his excellent debut campaign with Arsenal was topped off by the fact he was voted into the PFA Team of the Year.
With 14 Premier League goals to his name this campaign Sanchez has led the way for the Gunners right from the off. A sublime second-half to the season has seen Arsenal able to give Chelsea something to think about at the top of the table, and with a couple of additions in key positions Wenger’s charges might well have a squad capable of instilling real optimism ahead of next term.
A common thread when such a possibility is discussed is how important it is for Wenger to get a new goalkeeper on board. Neither Wojciech Szczesny nor David Ospina appears to have the full backing of the fans, and the introduction of a number one in the mold of Chelsea’s Petr Cech would serve them very well.
Then there’s the issue of a defensive midfielder, which it seems Wenger is ready to address given the mass speculation focusing on Morgan Schneiderlin and Victor Wanyama of Southampton. The young Francis Coquelin has been another stand-out performer this year, but a more experienced head might be needed if a real title challenge is to be uindertaken as of the summer.
Some might then argue that the addition of a world-class striker is needed to get them level alongside Chelsea. Olivier Giroud is an excellent link-up man and has recently been firing on all cylinders, but Arsenal lack the sort of natural forward who can make something out of nothing, and not since the days of Robin van Persie have they enjoyed that luxury.
Arsenal fans, is Sanchez right? Should you be winning the league next season? Let us know your thoughts in the comments box below.
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