Alexis Sanchez struggles to sleep unless he scores for Arsenal

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Alexis Sanchez broke a lengthy goal drought when he scored a crucial goal against Tottenham Hotspur last week. It was his first goal for the Gunners since January and his first in the Premier League since October, so no wonder the Chilean was relieved when the ball hit the back of the net.

Indeed, it had even been suggested that Sanchez would be dropped in the build up to that north London derby with Arsene Wenger concerned that his poor form was caused by fatigue. Luckily, Wenger's gamble paid off with Sanchez starting the game and shooting past Hugo Lloris in the second half to make it 2-2.

It was the first time in a long time that Sanchez would have had a decent night's sleep, as the former Barcelona star admits that he struggles to relax if he has failed to perform on the pitch.


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He told Arsenal's official website: “When I don't score goals I feel like I've failed the team and I feel guilty. I go home, can't sleep and I just think I have to play better. I always want to improve and give my absolute all to the team."

But the 27-year-old will have to continue in a similar vein between now and the end of the season if he is to finish with a Premier League winner's medal around his neck.

Out of sorts

Arsenal's form since the turn of the year has been less than impressive and they have seen themselves slip from outright favourites to eight points behind leaders Leicester City with nine games to go.

Disappointing results against Swansea, Southampton and Chelsea have been partially blamed on the failure of Sanchez and co. to perform. He is not alone in his poor form and is joined by Olivier Giroud and Theo Walcott, who have scored just three Premier League goals between them in 2016.

Dusting off the shooting boots

However, like Sanchez, they appear to have found their shooting boots once again. Both scored two goals in a 4-0 FA Cup fifth round win against Hull City. They have another chance to refine their skills in their next FA Cup game against Watford this Sunday.

If all three can start firing between now and the end of the campaign, and form some kind of poor man's 'MSN' at the Emirates, then they have every chance of catching Leicester at the top of the Premier League.

Arsenal have tricky games against Everton, West Ham and Manchester City on the horizon, but none of those teams could handle the aforementioned trio if they are at their best. They may need the maximum 27 points from their remaining games if they are to finish top, but stranger things have happened.

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