Alexis Sanchez controls a football fired at him by a cannon

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Alexis Sanchez’s form is a major reason why Arsenal are amongst the front runners for the Premier League trophy this season.

The Chilean has scored eight goals in 13 league matches with Arsene Wenger using him in a strikers’ role, ahead of Olivier Giroud.

But there is a lot more to his game than scoring goals.

The former Barcelona star has set the Premier League alight since arriving in north London in the summer of 2014 for £31.7 million, with his incredible skill and trickery.

Sanchez can beat defenders for fun and has the ability to pick out a teammate with a killer pass.

But what’s his first touch like?

Well, thanks to the guys at Dugout, it’s been fully tested and we can confirm that it’s pretty perfect.

Sanchez was tasked with controlling a ball that was fired from 40 yards away. Sounds easy enough, right?

But firing that ball would be a cannon and it would travel at 88mph - suddenly the task becomes a lot harder.

But Sanchez made it look incredibly simple.

He took one touch with the inside of his right foot, before doing a few more kick-ups to get the ball fully under his control. He then proceeded to showboat, eventually catching the ball on his neck.

Not bad.

Take a look at the video below:

Sanchez was Arsenal’s hero during their match against Bournemouth on Sunday, scoring twice during the 3-1 victory. The win keeps them within three points of Chelsea as they go in search of their first league title since 2004.

After the match, Wenger admitted that he thought Sanchez was struggling was his fitness levels - until he received the ball in a dangerous position.

Wenger on Sanchez's 'gut'

“Even when he looks dead he's still alive,” Wenger said.

“He finds always the resources to do something special. He has that' 'gut' conditioning that when the ball comes to him again, he finds always that extra gear to be dangerous.”

The Gunners will be hoping Sanchez can produce his scintillating best in the coming weeks. Arsene Wenger’s side face trips to West Ham, Everton and Manchester City before Christmas as they attempt to prove that they are capable of ending the club’s 12-year Premier League title drought. is free to access and will host content created by the clubs and players, with some being available 24 hours before it is released on any other social media channel - making it the primary source for fans to get news on the clubs and players they love.

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