Second season syndrome: Pundit describes struggling Arsenal star Alexis Sanchez

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Arsenal’s Alexis Sanchez has struggled for form this season.

Former Charlton Athletic midfielder Matt Holland believes Alexis Sanchez is suffering from second season syndrome as the Arsenal man struggles for form, he wrote in his column for Marathon Bet.

The Gunners head in to their North London derby at Tottenham Hotspur struggling for form, having suffered three straight defeats in all competitions with their latest a 2-1 reverse at home to Swansea City.

Confidence is seemingly drained at the Emirates Stadium, and performances from a number of individuals have dipped way below expectations considering the quality they possess.

Writing in his column for Marathon Bet, Matt Holland questions why there have been a lack of great individual performances at Arsenal and feels Sanchez is suffering from a case of second season syndrome.

“Of late, the side’s confidence has looked drained. Where have the great individual performances been this season, bar Ozil and Cech? They’ve not been scoring enough goals and Sanchez looks to be properly suffering from second season syndrome,” he wrote.

“Arsenal are in the worst possible shape to head to Spurs this weekend for an almost title-deciding North London Derby.”

Sanchez enjoyed a near dream debut season with the Gunners, scoring an abundance of goals while scooping an FA Cup winners medal, the club’s Player of the Year award and the Copa America with Chile.

But after all that, the Chile international’s second season with the Gunners has been in some contrast quite a disappointment, with injury niggles and inconsistent team performances hindering his own form.

Sanchez has scored just six Premier League goals this season, with all of those coming during a three week period in autumn. His last league goal was way back in October during a 3-0 win at Watford.

Arsenal need their star men such as Sanchez, Olivier Giroud and Aaron Ramsey to hit the sort of form Mesut Ozil is showing in order to have any chance of ending their 12-year wait for a Premier League title.

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