Alexis answers critics in emphatic fashion

Published 03/07/2015, 12:19 PM EST


Alexis Sanchez scored his first goal in 434 minutes of football! He along with Olivier Giroud guided Arsenal to a 2-1 victory against Premier League struggler Queens Park Rangers on Wednesday.

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Football fans are a fickle minded bunch at times and Alexis Sanchez, of all people, has been receiving negative attention due to his ‘goal drought’.

Despite scoring 18 goals in all competitions, a run of seven games without a goal suddenly brought about many different theories.

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Can Mesut Özil and Sanchez play together? Has Alexis run himself into the ground?

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The fact of the matter is that the Chilean suffered a hamstring injury against Brighton in January and hasn’t quite been the same ever since. Professional footballers often refer to these hamstring problems as one with a psychological impact as much as a physical one. The pace you play at tends to dwindle without the full confidence in your muscles to withstand the physical intensity.

Alexis Sanchez is a player who consistently pushes himself to the edge and was obviously affected by the muscular scare. But with the individual quality he possess the ‘goal-drought’ wouldn’t last long. Arsene Wenger did say that the Chilean had in his mind that a goal was due from him.

It is therefore testament to Alexis’s quality that the goal which lifts the pressure from him wasn’t a simple tap-in, but a wonderful individual goal that only he can produce.

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Edited by Shivang Aggarwal

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