Alexis Sanchez admits that his form has suffered this season because he’s been fearful of picking up another injury.
After two summers without a rest, the Chilean striker found himself teetering on the cusp of the fabled ‘red zone’ when he finally succumbed to a hamstring problem that ruled him out between late November and the tail end of January.
Only now, after several weeks of indifferent form, is the 26-year-old again showing the quality that took English football by storm in his debut season.
Explaining the dip in his game, Sanchez told Premier League World: “Before my injury I was 100 per cent fit. I was feeling well. After the injury I wanted to get back but it was hard.
“I had a setback and when I played a match, I was scared I would get injured again because the thing I like most in the world is playing football and when I can’t play, I feel sad.”
In comments that echo those he made a few weeks ago, Sanchez also reflected on his ambitions for the future, targeting success with Arsenal both domestically and in Europe.
“I think I have adapted well to the club but I am never satisfied with what I do. I want to win the Premier League, the Champions League. I always want to win everything,” he continued.
“Football is my passion, my life and I always want to win. If I lose, I always go home sad, I can’t sleep and that upsets me. When I win, my team-mates are happy and enjoy their families the next day. Football is my life.”
While his form may not have reached the heights of last season, Alexis has still been directly involved in 21 goals this season, scoring 10 and assisting 11 in all competitions. Let’s hope he can add to that when we travel to West Ham on Saturday; on paper one of our toughest remaining fixtures.