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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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Dale
Dale

I’m fast developing a man crush on Alexis. There I said it.

True Red
True Red

You’re not the only one my friend

PeckPete
PeckPete

Dem thighz doe

Will
Will

My girlfriend (who before this season had never watched a football match) watches every Arsenal game now in the hope that he’ll take his shirt off again..

Racerr
Racerr

I hope he doesn’t cuz that costs me a point in Fantasy Premier League

gooneryboy
gooneryboy

I hope they bring on Ospina immediately if that happens. Szczesny was so mesmerised by that sight that he let in Man City’s equaliser moments later.

gammhunn
gammhunn

Was Christmas shopping for my yet unborn niece/nephew last night, and of course went to the Arsenal shop online (got to get the little one started right in the world)

Ended up buying an Alexis shirt for myself as well.

Hi-brid
Hi-brid

The rest really need to step up and follow his example.

Dr jack
Dr jack

Teacher: use one word to describe Alexis.

Pupil: incredible !

Stuart
Stuart

Thanks for that….

GunnerGooner
GunnerGooner

Teacher – use Sanchez in a sentence
Student – The gunners Sanchezed Sunderland last weekend.

gooneryboy
gooneryboy

that porn was sanchez (beastly)

Daz
Daz

So the boss told them to press the back for and yet only Sanchez was the one doing it, Good work guys

Andy Mack
Andy Mack

You missed the word ‘consistently’ as the others did press them occasionally.

Loufa
Loufa

Cute…and well deserved! Dreaming of the day when the name Alexis is replaced by:

– Ozil
– Welbeck
– Walcott ( after scoring a hattrick vs. Spurs?)
– Ox

You can’t go far relying on 1 player to make things happen…sorry to spoil the festivities mood!

Loufa ( Happy that Chelsea drew, Mourinho mad, but unhappy the Dutch A*$ scored)

Dylan
Dylan

What

Mpls
Mpls

Not replace. Accompany.
Join on the scoring sheet.
Take example from.
Take a page from his book.

Just not replace.

Loufa
Loufa

Exactly, seems I was misunderstood there…Alexis is the best thing that happened to us this season, why would I want to ‘replace’ that?:)

Cheers

Mach iii
Mach iii

The expression of super quality. What a sight!

Racerr
Racerr

I wonder why he didn’t need any “settling in” period. He’s the reason we’re in UCL. And he’s the reason we’re in the top half of the table. I’d donate a kidney to keep him at Arsenal for the next 5 years.

assistantref
assistantref

Because he’s a freaking beast. Beasts don’t settle in. They tear stuff up. Except for bunnies about to be eaten by wild boars, apparently. Those they rescue.

Mpls
Mpls

There are a few things he will surely continue to get better at – understanding teammates’ movements and resulting passing accuracy for a couple – which could be considered ‘settling in’ but yeah, he’s still been an nearly instant boon to the club.

Funny what a little determination and hard work will do on the pitch.

DR
DR

Yeah, despite scoring goals and getting assists, as well as generally looking like a beast, he’s also misjudged a lot of things due to lack of understanding and not knowing what Premiership teams do; there is a period of adaptation but given his natural game is pretty explosive and not very tippy-tappy it’s less of an issue.

Andy Mack
Andy Mack

It is unusual. Santi had a great 1st season as well…

maddolove
maddolove

A fair point Racceer above
Unlike others he seem to have settled very well. Even following a good world cup campaign
Lots of others who played 45 minutes are struggling back.

TnGunner
TnGunner

Alexis is going to be a legend for arsenal. I love the thought of him, Welbeck, Theo and Ozil bombing forward on you..Alexis is top shelf

sanchezla sangat
sanchezla sangat

Love sanchez but need to rest him against burnley.its time to give podolski,rosicky & campbell some games.wenger need to rotate more

this aint FIFA bitches
this aint FIFA bitches

He has a week to recover, plenty of time.

aaron
aaron

I like the thought of rotating & resting but with the way we are playing at the moment noway do I want Sanchez no on the field before we are 3-0/4-0 up tbh

Alan
Alan

If only the team showed the same amount of balls as this red hot Chilean

The Panther
The Panther

Alexis is exceptional and deserves the credit. But other players should leave the praising and saying nice things to us fans. They should be busy emulating Alexis. Alexis even gestures to them to pressure opposition players but all you see is players jogging around as though it’s a training session.

King Henry XIV
King Henry XIV

“The boss told us before the game to press their back four and try to force mistakes.” (So only Alexis did that and we all cheered from a distant.)

Conchetumadre
Conchetumadre

Alexis truly deserves all the credit from his team mates.
He works so hard every game, which is something he learned at Barcelona, lose the ball, go get it back attitude. He was just overshadowed by Messi.
It’s nice to see him at Arsenal making things happen. We just need the rest of the boys to pick up the pace and fight for first place.

Sam
Sam

Hoping his hunger will rub on the rest of the team and so dramatically change our season…….COYG!

Block 98
Block 98

So why Wenger didn’t start him against chelsea ?

Dylan
Dylan

He did start him against Chelsea.

Loke
Loke

One of a kind. Well allmost, there is Hazard who seem like Sanchez’ s separated at birth Belgian twin But I think those kind of players are the future of football. The full on machine that never back down and never relent and just keep on harrowing the opposition.

My fav player by far this year simply because he is the only one that seem to give a fu*k. But the worst thing is that there are no consequences for slacking in our team. If you are one of Wenger’s favourites, you can put in a minimum oF effort and probably score a deliberate own goal or two and still keep your place in the team for next game. Honestly what do Rosicky, Poldi or Campbell have to do to get a chance to claim a spot in the team for themselves?

Comparable to how Pantilimon must be feeling on Sunderland’s bench watching Mannone being crap in game after game and topping it off with a performance where he picks 8 goals out of his own net, but he still remain first choice keeper for the game against Arsenal where he continued his horrible form. Pantillimon probably called his agent to get him the F out of there in January, and im sure Rosicky, Poldi and Campbell must be thinking the same thing when the only way to get a chance is if there are injuries.

It would be understandable if the players playing week in week out actually performed well and did a good job, but most of em have been utter sh*t most parts of the season, and when that is the case and the squad depth is still not getting a go, tyen obviously their future lies elsewhere if the coach think they are so crap they arent good enough to fill the shoes of players loafing around the pitch on a Sunday walk not contributing any more than just showing up.

DR
DR

Yeeeeeees, if Hazard had a work ethic and the right attitude then he might just be able to lace Alexis’ boots.

I’m not convinced that so few of our players are trying though, I see a lot of effort from most of them but when there’s a switch at the back of our collective mind marked ‘flip to make all players tentative and error-prone’ then it doesn’t really matter how hard they try.

American Gunner
American Gunner

Dear Flamini.
Clapping your hands or running your mouth is not helping the team. You either use that energy to focus on your game or quit the team.

Sincerely,
American Gunner

Chairman Meow

dear american,

Since you seem to have spoken to the entire team about this issue, could you next time ask them to all press a bit more with Alexis.

Insincerely,
Chairman

aaron
aaron

You say this like American isn’t speaking the truth, all you see is Flamini pointing and screaming at people but never do you see him actually you know doing his own job, too often is he the one too slow to be in position and rarely actually tackles people usually just gives away fouls gets his yellow card and leaves us worrying that we will end with 10 men.
Excuses can be made for other players being in the team playing poorly but keeping their place but Flamini has been one of the worst players this season. Love love love his enthusiasm but he just isn’t good enough to be in our team

Zelalem
Zelalem

Was one of our best players against Chelski, if not the best, just sayin

steveafc forever
steveafc forever

Alexis for king and president and ruler of the world

Mpls
Mpls

Blogs,
Is there anything I can do to not see those ads with the rotted feet??
I mean, I like to check in over lunch and, well, I am sure you get where I’m going with this.

American Gunner
American Gunner

Dear chairman.
Since you don’t seem to understand how the premiere league works, let me tell you how. No doubt Alexis is exceptional and everyone on the team needs to work like him. Our team needs a DM which is the position Flamini plays. He is not at the level of the other players we have, and pressing? As a DM, he is the worst I have seen in the league so far. If you are going to ask someone to press, it would make sense if you are also pressing. The only one qualifies to say that is Alexis. Therefore, Flamini needs to shut the F**k off and focuses on his game or quit.

Chairman Meow
Chairman Meow

*sigh*

To Pooh is to Do
To Pooh is to Do

That’s what she said..

Howz about you invade the PL and show how its done eh?? Oh I’m sorry.. Soccer was it?? My bad yo..
Laughable.. Selfies and Sex.. and wait for it…….. Stupidity!!

raozila
raozila

Sanchez is just a little terrier, he doesn’t like to lose and will run and run until he gets a goal, he just has that omf about him and he is just full of fight and pride, we need the whole team to be more like him because at the moment they just don’t have.

Recovered Gooner
Recovered Gooner

Sanches is playing where we were hoping Ozil and Santi would have shone. Welbeck and Sanches have really done well since their arrivals, but lets be honest here, they making some serious waves because if we playing those two up front, and we playing both Flamini and Artetta, then that means we only have two midfield spots remaining, plus the three substitutes. Lets assume those two spots are taken up by two wide players, say Santi and Ox, what does your bench look like when Ozil, Giroud Walli Campbell and Podolski Ramsy and Jack are all looking for game time.

We really are searching for our first team.

This is all good and well if we are somehow managing to win games and have those guys slowly come back when we hit our “death-run1” and “death-run2” sessions in December when games are coming thick and fast.

Maybe, just maybe this is where Arsene and Chad are working together in getting our guys to hit form at the right time. If that is the case, then we can’t afford to see shots being blasted far and wide the way Santi did in the last game.

We need to be more clinical in front of goals. Giroud may not be on the pitch as he’s injured, yet still somehow this wasteful finishing manages to persist. I do believe we could have easily scored two more goals and done our goal difference the world of good.

This is why Sanches is currently showing why he is such an important player, because he is not only getting the results, he’s also messing up the old pecking order.

Not sure if that is a good or a bad thing yet.

GarmentDistrict
GarmentDistrict

What I would give for Arsene to sign a couple of players, in different positions, who have a similar work ethic and attitude to Alexis.
If we had 10 Alexiss/Alexis’s/Alexises…Sanchezs outfield we would walk the league

i want to boff welbz and I'm not even gay
i want to boff welbz and I'm not even gay

If you had 10 Alexis’ you’d be rubbish at defending corners. Thinking about it,no change there, lets do it!!!