The Independent London Newspaper
23rd April 2019

Alexis says the league title is the ambition

    Published: 10 November, 2016
    by STEVE BARNETT

    ALEXIS Sanchez is confident Arsenal’s season will end in silverware – starting with the Premier League title. 

    The 27-year-old forward is facing a race to be fit in time for the Gunners’ next Premier League outing at Manchester United on November 19 after suffering a “low-grade muscle injury” while on international duty with Chile. 

    Sanchez is fully focused on returning to full fitness as fast as possible, however, so that he can help Arsene Wenger’s side stretch their unbeaten 16-game run, and lead the club to glory. 

    “I think we’re even more determined to achieve something and win the Premier League, but you have to take it slow,” he told Arsenal Player. 

    “We have a great team, our ambitions are high and we want to win the league. 

    “We’ve got some new players and a fantastic squad. Regardless of who’s playing, we all need to be 100 per cent focused on our work with the team and the club. 

    “Sometimes you might have an off day and you need a player to come off the bench and help you out, so that’s why the squad players are just as important as the starting XI,” Sanchez added. “Everything comes down to what happens from now on. All games are different and anything can happen in football. 

    “It’s tough to keep it going, but if we stick together and keep putting the running in, I think this team can win it all.” 

    Sanchez will miss Chile’s World Cup qualifier in Colombia this week, but the Chilean team’s medical staff are still confident that he could return for their home game against Uruguay on Tuesday. 

    “He will remain in Santiago, under treatment and in evaluation for the meeting against Uruguay,” read a statement. 

    Meanwhile Gunners’ goalie Petr Cech echoed Sanchez’s war cry by adding that he is convinced that the club have what it takes to come out on top this season. 

    “I think the first quality we have is the strength in depth,” he said. “When we were unlucky with long-term injuries last season, we had to use the same players in so many games and you lack energy in certain parts of the season. 

    “We dropped points because we could not rotate. This season, however, we have strength in depth.

    “I think we are as strong as anybody else in the league. 

    “The league is very competitive but I think we are one of the teams which has all the qualities to compete for the title and we know that.”

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