Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain says that the Arsenal team had to tell Alexis Sanchez to take it easy in training ahead of the North-London derby.
The Chilean has been training with a greater intensity as he is so committed to making an impact in the match against Tottenham Hotspur this weekend and his own teammates had to tell him to curb his efforts somewhat.
"Today Alexis really wanted to train and people had to tell him to take it easy," Oxlade-Chamberlain told the Express.
“That just sums up how much everyone wants to be around the squad and training, and I think he knew we had a massive game coming up this weekend and, as a new boy, it’s good that he does know that.
"Obviously everyone else that’s been here and been involved in a north London derby knows how big it is, so that just proves the intensity goes up in training and everyone just wants to be around and pushing for a start.”
Sanchez was brought to Arsenal to give them the edge in the important fixtures like the one against their neighbours tomorrow.
The jet-heeled attacker generally plays with a natural desire to win possession and it seems that his usual efforts could be raised even further in the derby.
He will need to ensure that this aggression does not turn into over-exuberance, but if he channels his focus in the right way he will be a major threat to the Spurs defence.
The former Barcelona man has settled in really well at the Emirates and he will have a chance to further endear himself to the fan-base if he can score at the weekend, as he will be desperately hoping to do.
Arsenal's season hasn't been too encouraging so far, with a number of weaknesses already being exposed, but a win in the derby would no doubt raise the spirits and it could prove to be the catalyse for a major turnaround.