The Beast Called Alexis Sanchez
So we heard the news that Alexis Sanchez suffered a hamstring injury in the Chile camp and had to sit out the stalemate against Colombia. Without their talisman, the Chileans put up a dogged defensive display and earned themselves one point. That game was a rough as you’d ever see, as I saw players tackle the hell outta each other.
Then they said he was going to be out for six weeks. Trust Arsenal fans and their panic attacks. Some fantasy football managers even sold the Chilean maverick, as many as 96, 651. His value even dropped by 0.1m but I didn’t care. I trusted my Alexis to be the beast he is and shake off the injury. Then I saw how other footballers ‘pulled out’ from their national teams due to injury scares but not Alexis. He was determined to play for the South American champions in their crucial home clash against Uruguay.
That determination payed off as the Chilean brought his A-game for his nation, scoring two well taken goals in the 3-1 win against Uruguay.
That win has put Chile in fourth place with 20 points, behind table toppers, Brazil, that are on 27 points (won six in a row) as well as Uruguay (23 points) and Ecuador (20 points).
Alexis returns to England to catch a few days rest before playing for the Gunners in the all-important clash against Manchester United at Old Trafford. There are many demons that need to be banished on Saturday. First off, Arsenal hasn’t won a game in the league on that ground since 2006. Thanks to Danny Welbeck, the Gunners sealed an FA Cup victory there two season’s ago. The Gunners record on that ground is simply shambolic and Arsene Wenger’s head to head against Jose Mourinho is pathetic to say the least.
However, the Gunners can know that they would have one of their best players available for selection this weekend.
The beast called Alexis Sanchez.
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