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

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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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