Players say nice things about another player


Danny Welbeck and Mikel Arteta have hailed match-winner Alexis after his two goals secured the win over Sunderland at the weekend.

Following in the footsteps of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, who extolled the virtues of playing alongside the Chilean, the former Man Utd man was equally effusive in his praise.

Speaking to Arsenal Player he said, “It’s a pleasure to play with Alexis. He’s persistent, he keeps going and they are the attributes of somebody I like to play alongside.

“The boss told us before the game to press their back four and try to force mistakes. The first goal came from that, so it was something that worked quite well today.”

Meanwhile, the skipper says that playing alongside Mathieu Flamini in midfield allowed Alexis more room as he was deployed behind Welbeck.

“Last year we played some important games together and I think we understand each other well,” said the Spaniard.

“We wanted to give a bit more freedom to Alexis, playing a bit behind Danny, more like a 4-4-2, which we haven’t played for a while. It worked – I think Alexis did very well today so we’re happy for him.

“His confidence is high. Physically he’s better, you can see that by the runs he was making in the 93rd minute, chased the keeper and kept going. That’s all about him – he wants to keep going, he wants to improve and he’s doing very well.”

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