Arsenal’s attacking sensation Alexis Sanchez has revealed to Fox Sports that he wants to train more often, though Arsene Wenger has so far declined his requests.
The Chile international has been superb this season, scoring 12 goals and adding a further seven assists in 22 Premier League starts.
However, after picking up a niggling injury during the New Year, Sanchez’s form throughout 2015 has subsequently dropped a level and that initial burst of pace is not quite there at the moment.
Still, that hasn’t stopped Sanchez from working hard on the training ground and the 26-year-old admits that if it was up to him – and not Wenger – he would train ever harder to reach his peak level.
“I want to train even more, though Wenger won’t let me. I will listen to him as he knows best,” Sanchez told Fox Sports in an exclusive interview.
Despite his desire to train further, Sanchez is evidently delighted to be playing for the Gunners under the French coach and insisted that his experience in the game is vital for the club’s younger stars.
“He is an example to all the younger players and he has a lot of experience in the game,” the Chilean added.
The best footballers around the world are not only the most talented, but they also train rigorously and the desire to improve is often what leads to greatness.
Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo is the perfect example of an athlete working his hardest in order to reach the very top level, and his dedication and yearning has brought about incredible success.
However, the Portuguese star, and in the Gunners’ case Sanchez, need to know their limits and rest is necessary – overdoing it can cause an adverse effect and likely result in injuries further down the line.
Wenger will want the best out of his star player and while hard work on the training ground is embraced, the Frenchman will be well aware of the risks of potential burnout.
The former Barcelona ace needs to find the right balance in training in order to gain maximum results, but what he has done so far this season in North London clearly seems to be working.