Photo: Arsenal star Alexis Sanchez posts childhood pic of him playing football in Chile

Alexis Sanchez Chile

The Arsenal forward posted this picture on his Twitter account earlier today.

Arsenal have certainly adopted themselves a new hero this season. Chilean international Alexis Sanchez arrived from Barcelona in the summer and has gone on to have an instant impact with the Arsenal first-team.

He has scored 19 goals so far in his debut season with the Gunners and been one of the Premier League's outstanding players all season.

But it is always important to remember the humble beginnings from which he came from. Alexis was born in the port city of Tocopilla in the north of Chile.

Today he has shared this picture of him as a kid, playing with a youth team in Tocopilla. Alexis did not signify which one was him, but it is fair to say that he has not changed that much. Two in from the bottom right is where the future Arsenal star placed himself:

Alexis of course went on to play for Cobreloa, before heading to Italy with Udinese. Loan spells at Colo Colo and River Plate followed before his emergence in Italy - which saw him switch to Barcelona.

Nowadays he is a national hero and a Premier League superstar with Arsenal. But he had to begin somewhere.

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