Per Mertesacker: Alexis Sanchez's success comes from this strength at Arsenal

Arsenal defender Per Mertesacker feels the team's strength as a unit has enabled Alexis Sanchez to have an impressive first season at the club.

Arsenal defender Per Mertesacker told the club’s website that he feels the club’s strength as a unit is the main reason Alexis Sanchez has been so successful.

The Chilean bagged a brace in the game against Hull City last night and the big German centre back feels he’s granted a greater chance of hitting the back of the net consistently because of the side’s togetherness.

“I think that’s the most important - that we’re strong as a unit. After that game he stands out but that all comes from a massive unit,” said the German.

Sanchez has done well in his first season at the club, but it will be more difficult for him in the next campaign because he’ll no longer be a surprise commodity to the majority of Premier League backlines.

Arsene Wenger has a big role to play in terms of ensuring that he reinvents himself and stays effective, while also making sure that the rest of the team supports him in key areas.

He’s more likely to perform and excel himself in big games if he feels he’s supported and if he feels the unity of Arsenal as a club is rock solid because there will be no distractions and nothing affecting his mentality behind the scenes.

Arsenal’s challenge as a team for the rest of the year is to make sure they finish second in the table, which would mean automatic qualification into the Champions League, fewer matches through pre-season and another chance for Sanchez to shine domestically and in Europe.

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