Former Arsenal defender Lee Dixon has suggested that new signing Alexis Sanchez is simply trying too hard.
Sanchez made the £32 million switch to the Gunners from Barcelona earlier this summer but has failed to produce his best form since the competitive action started last weekend.
Dixon’s assessment of the situation is simply that he’s going all out to impress early on, which could be a reason for his below par performances.
A reason Alexis could be trying too hard could be the pressure that has come with his price tag.
Arsenal invested heavily to ensure they beat the likes of Liverpool and Manchester United to his signature and the Chilean could feel responsible for that fee and be eager to prove he’s worth the money.
It may also be the case that he’s eager to back up his positive performances from the World Cup.
Chile used him in a more central role where he looked like a great player and he could feel that he needs to perform in order for Arsene Wenger to consider using him in a similar role.
He’s also under pressure because he’s first choice out on the left hand side for the Gunners.
Lukas Podolski’s delayed return to first team training has meant that Sanchez is the man being used down Arsenal’s left.
He wasn’t always first choice down the left during his time at Barcelona and again, he could feel pressure to justify being the first choice left sided attacking player at the club.
Sanchez looked better against Besiktas last night but there shouldn’t be any concerns over his form after just two competitive games into the season.