Pires: You have to have balls to take a penalty like Alexis


Robert Pires has praised the nerve of Alexis Sanchez after his 98th minute Panenka penalty secured three points in the 2-1 win over Burnley on Sunday.

The Chilean grabbed his 17th goal of the season to win the game in dramatic fashion, and the Arsenal legend paid tribute to the forward in an interview with La Tercera.

“You have to have balls to take penalties like Alexis,” he said. “He doesn’t know what pressure is.

“You have to think that the 98th minute was being played and Arsenal weren’t winning by a three or four goal difference. It was one-one.”

Pires also revealed he’d spoken to Sanchez about his future, but it sounds as if there’s no decision been made yet and that it’s still between his people and the club.

“I spoke to Alexis last week and asked about the renewal,” he said. “He told me he didn’t know, that he only cared to play.

“The renewal is not a subject for Alexis. He doesn’t know what is going to happen, he just wants to play and enjoy.

“All we want is for Alexis to remain at Arsenal. I hope he renews his contract because he is a wonderful player. Alexis is the engine of the car.

“I hope he stays forever.”

Forever, and ever, and ever. Come play with us Danny. We mean, Alexis.

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I have to balls too!


I did masively shit myself when I saw him lining up to take the peno, because as the Sky Sports graphic depicted he’d only scored (I think) one out of his last 4 or 5 peno’s and I cant imagine that wouldn’t of crossed his mind once or twice before taking it. So opting to chip it down the middle took balls the size of baked potatoes, because if he missed it …the scenes would of been unbearable.


When the ref pointed to the spot I said something like “it must be Ozil or Giroud, not Alexis.. Oh, f***, there’s nobody left on to take it ahead of him. Oh God, he’s due to slot one, right?”


Yeah – I genuinely didnt watch the penalty live, my heart just couldn’t take it. As Alexis was lining it up I proceeded bury myself into my dogs bed as he was snoozing, much to his bemusement, and both myself and my labrador waited for my brothers reaction of either joy or burning intense rage.

Dan Hunter

I got mauled by a dog once… now I sometimes feel a little tingly, and not in a nice way, I tend to get overly excited, and sometimes I punch people in the face for no apparent reason.. I used to love swimming, now I am terrified of turning the tap on. .. where am I, is this real. .so anyway… yeah.. I love dogs

Edus Braces

Pires talking dirty, i’m off to the jacks, back in 5.

Too much? :-/


Thats not even clever

Wenga boys

If by too much you mean someone trying too hard to be funny then yes..

Burn Baby Burn

This panenka was balls, but little balls compared to the one he pulled to win the Copa America for Chile in 2015.

A Different George

Remember, Chile had never won a tournament, ever. This was the most important moment in their sporting history. Incredible nerve. National hero.


Not really. He took that when Argentina had already missed two. There were two penalty takers behind him to pick up the pieces. For us, it was our season on the line.


Can’t he tell his people to get it sorted? I’m sure they want to get paid a lot, but for most of us he’ll earn in a week 2, 3, 4, 5 (or more) times what we’d earn in a year. So he will get paid a lot.


Pretty sure the title is You have to have balls… Although I’m sure Alexis does have ‘to balls’ as well


Doesn’t feel like a good sign when I hear that. Usually they know if they want to stay.


Maybe he meant he didn’t know anything about what’s going on with negotiations?

I’d take that as a good sign if he meant what I hope he meant.


Jesus fucking Christ that clip is dark.
Been a while since I saw the Shining – probably shouldn’t have recommended it to my 8th grade students, on reflection


Hey, some of us are Christians on this site. Blogs sort it out. If i said holy f**king Allah i would expect muslims to be offended.

Ox Sans Box

Hey mate, I personally worship Jesus Fucking Christ, and your insistence on leaving out his self-given middle name is an act of defamation. Please respect MY beliefs too.


So this post is allowed is it -_- I have to say bloggs I’m slightly disappointed…and not surprised a Catholic thinks its ok to blasphamise the heavenly father seen as the catholics changed and admitted changing the holy day, the sabbath to a sunday. 10 plagues man 10 plagues

Bob's Mexican Cousin

“All we want is for Alexis to remain at Arsenal…”
Love him, gooner through and through.


Le Bob. Dreamy, dreamy Pires.

Chris O.

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One can say that his balls were never in question. *I’ll see myself out*


If he had balls, he would sign the contract and stop crying when we are 4-0 up!!


Thumbs up to blog for an emminently sensible write up on the stae of refereeing…wish u were working at the FA