'I taught him' - Former strike partner on Arsenal star Alexis Sanchez

Forza Udinese

Antonio Di Natale has taken credit for a lot of the good Alexis Sanchez can do for Arsenal.

The word legend is often overused in the world of football but there is no doubt that Antonio Di Natale is a legend at Italian club Udinese. The striker, now 37-years-old, joined Udinese from Empoli in 2004 and has gone on to become a hero in Udine.

He has gone on to score 215 goals in 397 games for the club and during his ten years at the club has certainly seen plenty of top talent come and go. One such player is Chilean forward Alexis Sanchez, who is of course now at Arsenal.

Alexis joined the Serie A side in 2006 from Cobreloa, and stayed with the club for five seasons, before joining Barcelona for £25 million in July 2011.

He formed a frightening partnership with Di Natale during their time together, tallying 39 goals together in the 2007-08 season.

And Di Natale has been discussing Alexis in an interview with Sport Week this weekend. They were discussing his time at Udinese, now he is in his testimonial year, and some of the players he have played with came up in discussion.

Which is when he reminisced over his past relationship with Arsenal's new star, and how he wished current star Luis Muriel would follow in Alexis' footsteps:

"He admits I taught him a great deal. Every Wednesday just the two of us would stay back and train on long-range shots. Now my teammate is Muriel, who is even more talented than Sanchez, but Alexis has more hunger. I don’t know how to convince him that he needs just that little bit extra to turn a corner.”

It will certainly not come as a surprise to hear that Alexis was the type of player who would stay behind after training. His hard work and industrious attitude on the pitch has seen him become an immediate fan favourite among the Arsenal faithful.

And that shooting practice has certainly done Alexis well.

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