Arsenal full back Carl Jenkinson has expresed his confoundment at Sanchez’ diligence and assiduous nature. The Chilean’s work rate off the ball and willingness to defend has been nothing short of impressive.
Sanchez’s work rate in the attacking third has been par-excellence, having registered 6 goals and 3 assists in the current 2016/17 season which has further cemented his reputation as one of the best strikers currently in world football.
Jenkinson who spent the last 2 seasons on loan at West Ham was extremely clear that the 27 year old striker’s defensive gameplay would be a folly to ignore.
“It’s a pleasure to play behind a player like that,” Jenkinson told Arsenal’s official website. “On the ball he’s fantastic and people know what he offers and what he can bring, and just to see his work rate is great.
“People underestimate how hard he works sometimes because people always look at what he can do with the ball, but his work rate is exceptional. That’s always nice to have in front of you as a full back, to have that protection.
“The last thing you want is a winger who’s staying upfield, hugging the touchline and not helping you out defensively. With Alexis, he helps you out defensively as well as and when he can. It was a pleasure to play with him as I haven’t played with him before.
The defender further told that it’s not only Alexis, but he thinks that the current Arsenal side is riddled with world-class players. “That’s the sort of environment I want to be in. I want to play with players of that character, of that stature, because I think it’ll bring the best out of me as a footballer,” Jenkinson added.
He further commented on his happiness to be back in the starting lineup of Arsenal, “I’ve been watching the boys from the sidelines for what seems like an eternity now because I’d been out for so long, but to be back on the pitch and playing with the boys has been a long time coming and I’m just enjoying every moment of that now.”
The Gunners who are currently 4th on the Premier League table, trail table toppers Chelsea by 3 points. Liverpool and Manchester City who are currently on the 2nd and 3rd position trail Chelsea by just one point. Arsene Wenger will surely be looking forward to get 3 points against Bournemouth led by Eddie Howe on Saturday. Having missed out on a crucial opportunity to top the Champions League group by beating French giants PSG, the gaffer will definitely be hoping for a better defensive performance against the Cherries.
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