Arsene Wenger has praised Alexis Sanchez after scoring his first goal for the club in the side’s 1-0 victory over Besiktas last night.
The Gunners sneaked past the Turkish opponents in what was a nervy fixture, to qualify for the Champions League group-stages for the 17th year in succession.
Sanchez scored the only goal of the match in the first-half, but Wenger’s men had to survive a late scare after Mathieu Debuchy’s sending off left them clinging on to their place in Europe’s elite competition.
Sanchez was stationed up-front on his own for the match, working tirelessly throughout, and his manager believes that he showed all the qualities needed to make him a success.
"Alexis had a good game,” Wenger said in his press conference after the game. “He was mobile, dangerous and showed great fighting spirit."
"These are qualities that will be important in the Premier League."
The £35 million summer signing from Barcelona has a relatively slow start to his Arsenal career, but he is expected to be one of the club’s key players this season.
Sanchez had a one-in-two strike rate in La Liga with his previous employers and there is a hope that he can recreate his goalscoring form in England following his arrival.
His addition at the Emirates has caused great excitement at the club and he is set to be on the the stars of the Premier League this season.
That said, he has faced criticism in the early parts of his career in England after some insipid displays and he was subbed off during the Gunner’s weekend draw with Everton at half-time.
He was more involved last night, though, and Sanchez will be looking to use his first goal as a platform to build upon as Arsenal look to make a title challenge this season.