Arsene Wenger believes Alexis Sanchez has added a desire to fight for the team to his game this season

Published 30/11/16 

Arsene Wenger believes Alexis Sanchez has added a desire to fight for the team to his game this season.

Sanchez has long been regarded as one of the most important players at the Emirates Stadium and has started the campaign in fine form.

The 27-year-old has scored eight goals in 13 top-flight appearances to help fire the Gunners to third place in the table - just three points behind pacesetters Chelsea.

Sanchez appeared to be jaded at times last season and Wenger is adamant the Chile international has improved his tactical awareness significantly.

“I think Alexis adds to his game a desire to fight for the team and as well, he’s a winner, he wants to win the game and he does what it takes to win the game,” Wenger told the club's official website.

“I believe on a tactical front he has improved much more, he works much more for the team and when it’s needed during games, he works very hard for the team.

"He’s more conscious of his responsibilities and he is an intelligent player. He understands what he has to do and I believe he’s more willing to help the team."

Sanchez has been fielded on the flank for the majority of his career in north London but Wenger has opted to use him as a centre forward this term.

Sanchez has instantly taken to his new role - reducing Olivier Giroud's game time - and Wenger is confident questions about Sanchez's instinct in front goal have been answered.

“He has the instinct of a real striker. He wants to hit you, he wants to go at you. When he gets the ball, he runs forward and he runs at any defender.

"His dribbling is provocative, it’s not retention, it’s provocative, to create damage," Wenger added.

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