Alexis Sánchez helped Arsenal to retain the FA Cup this season, as well as to secure third place in the league, but is left thinking about what could have been after Arsenal’s failure to compete for the Premier League or Champions League.
Arsenal won the FA Cup in dramatic fashion with a 4-0 thumping of Aston Villa at Wembley, and also managed third place in the league, which is a slight improvement on last years fourth, gaining the team automatic qualification through to the Champions League.
But despite this, and a hugely successful first season in England for the Chilean, who bagged 25 goals throughout the campaign, he believes the Arsenal team have the talent to go all the way and win more, bigger trophies.
“It was an OK season, but it was bittersweet,” said Sánchez, who is currently on international duty with Chile ahead of the Copa América.
“I would have liked to have been in the Champions League final, to have won the Premier League title. I believe we have a bunch of skilful players so to not achieve more is disappointing.
“I had a breakthrough in my football life. Now I switch to the left, I make goals, I pass, I am evolving. And if I am put in at centre-forward, I will do it in the best way possible.”
Alexis has proven himself as one of the Premier League’s best signings, settling in so quickly and to do so well in his first year. But now Arsenal must push on and use this momentum to fight for the trophies the Chilean has eluded to.
However, Alexis tailed off a bit towards the end of the season, starting to look somewhat fatigued after last summers World Cup and of course, the amount of games we play in England, not to mention the increased intensity of them all compared to what he is used to.
The 26-year-old is now set to play in the Copa America, where Chile are set to start their campaign against Ecuador this Friday.
As one of the stronger teams in the competition, it is widely expected that Chile will progress to the latter stages of the competition, and this would mean Alexis does not rejoin the Arsenal fold until August, which could result in him missing the earliest part of the season.
Arsene Wenger will surely want to protect the player, and ensure he has a well deserved break before bringing him back into the team, we just must hope he does not suffer a fatigued-induced injury before then.