Arsenal attacker Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has been singing the praises of teammate Alexis Sanchez.
The Chile international forward joined the Gunners from Barcelona in the summer transfer window for a reported fee of £35 million.
The 25-year-old has not been exactly in scintillating form for Arsenal so far this season, but he has been an important player for Arsene Wenger’s side and has done his bit.
Sanchez has scored two goals and has created 13 chances in six Premier League appearances, while having a pass accuracy of 75% and a shot accuracy of 50%.
The Chilean has also scored against Southampton, a 14th-minute free kick giving Arsenal the lead at the Emirates Stadium in the third round of the League Cup last month.
Although Arsenal went on to lose that match 2-1, Oxlade-Chamberlain fondly remembers Sanchez’s brilliant goal.
‘Alexis is a brilliant player and he does stuff that really does surprise you and you think: how has he got out of that one?’, the 21-year-old told Arsenal’s official website.
‘And, like against Southampton, he’ll step up and put a free-kick in the top corner. To be fair, I knew he was going to do that because in the warm-up he had four in a row in front of a lot of fans.
‘When he stood up to take the free-kick in the game I said to Kieran (Gibbs) ‘this is going in, you should have seen him in the warm-up’, and he put it top corner.
‘It’s moments of brilliance like that [which show his quality] but at the same time he works harder than I think I’ve seen anyone work. He is so skilful but he also does the defensive work up front and sets the tone’.