Arsenal star Theo Walcott has revealed that he and his teammates have warned Alexis Sanchez about over training heading into the winter.
Sanchez was in good form against Burnley yesterday as he adjusts to life in the Premier League after a summer move from Barcelona.
When he played for Barcelona, he enjoyed a winter break in the middle of the season, something which isn’t possible in the Premier League and something which creates a little danger associated with the Chilean.
“In training he doesn’t even want to do recovery days. That’s how much he loves football,” he told talkSPORT.
“All the guys have told him he needs to chill out because, at Christmas when all the fixtures come along, it’s going to catch up with you.”
“He doesn’t care, he just wants to play and win.”
Maybe he should care just a little bit because of how badly Arsenal have been affected by injuries so far this season.
Sanchez’ desire to train and succeed all the time is admirable, but if he picks up an injury later in the season due to fatigue then his eagerness could be blamed for giving the side an avoidable problem.
Fortunately for Arsenal, they have one of the most experienced managers in England in the form of Wenger.
Fans can trust Wenger to know when to step in and ease Sanchez off in training, in the same way Brendan Rodgers did with Jordan Henderson at Liverpool last season; he’s arguably become their most important player.
It’s natural for any player bang in form to want to do everything to maintain that form both on and off the pitch, but Sanchez will face challenges this winter that he hasn’t had to deal with before and the club needs to prepare him for that.