Arsenal star Santi Cazorla has been quoted by London24 explaining why teammate Alexis Sanchez is annoying.
Sanchez has been in great form for the Gunners since a summer move from Barcelona and he’s having a positive impact in training, with the intensity and high levels he demands of himself.
“Alexis Sanchez is as intense and annoying [laughs] in training as he is on the pitch. He’s so into football that he doesn’t want training to finish,” said the Spaniard.
It’s a positive attitude because for Sanchez’s Arsenal teammates to stay at the same level, they have to produce a similar mentality and attitude.
A higher level of intensity and competition in training should help to improve quality levels of midfielders trying to replicate the way Sanchez trains.
It’s also beneficial for the defence because there’s no let-up. They won’t get the chance to breathe in training exercises and practice matches where they are tasked with trying to keep Sanchez quiet.
It’s also great in terms of the Chilean being a role model for the younger players at the club.
What better message for a first team star to give younger players than to show how important intense focus in training is for a better chance of being successful in the first team.
Where Wenger has a challenge is in ensuring that Sanchez doesn’t over train, which could increase the chance of him becoming fatigued later into the season.
However, Wenger has enough experience in the English game and at Arsenal to know the precise moment to step in and when to step back.