Arsenal star Alexis Sanchez has been one key player for the Gunners since he completed a move from Spanish giants. However, this season, the Chilean winger has been below-par and has just been a shadow of a player he was during his debut campaign with Arsenal.
His recent poor form has reportedly affected the club given he is one of the influential players making the first-team. In his defense, Sanchez has admitted that fear of another serious injury has been one the greatest concerns which has stopped him from performing at his best for Arsenal this season.
“Before my injury I was 100 per cent fit. I was feeling well. After the injury I wanted to get back but it was hard,” Alexis told Premier League World (via the Daily Mail). “I had a setback and when I played a match, I was scared I would get injured again because the thing I like most in the world is playing football and when I can’t play, I feel sad.”
The former Barcelona winger picked up a hamstring injury against Norwich last November, and was consequently sidelined for a couple of months. The north London club have suffered a somewhat frustrating campaign so far, seemingly having wasted a brilliant opportunity to win the Premier League and crashing out of the FA Cup to Watford.
Up until now, the 27-year-old has managed to score 12 goals this terms, which is somewhat poor compared to last season 20 goals by this time last year. The winger is nonetheless adamant that he can get back to his best form in time to help his side in their final push for the Premier League title this season.
“Football is my passion, my life and I always want to win,” he told Premier League World.
“If I lose, I always go home sad, I can’t sleep and that upsets me. When I win, my team-mates are happy and enjoy their families the next day. Football is my life. I think I have adapted well to the club but I am never satisfied with what I do. I want to win the Premier League, the Champions League. I always want to win everything.”
Arsenal will face West Ham on Saturday knowing a win will be paramount to any chance of success, but they will need Sanchez in top form to beat a side that hasn’t lost at home in the league since August.