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Alexis Sanchez scored a hat-trick against West Ham last weekend.

Alexis Sanchez

Alexis Sanchez

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Alexis is Arsenal's star man!

Arsenal have had a very good week, both in the Premier League and Champions League. A 5-1 away win at West Ham moved Arsenal up to second-place in the Premier League and a 4-1 away win at Basle, in Switzerland, meant Arsenal finished above Paris St. Germain in their Champions League group. Alexis Sanchez was a key player in both games. Against West Ham, he scored a hat-trick and all three goals were excellent. For his first goal, and Arsenal's second, Sanchez ran into the box and hit a great shot past West Ham's keeper. His second was a precise strike into the corner of the net and his third was a great little chip over the goalkeeper. In the Champions League, Sanchez's teammate, Lucas Perez, took the headlines with a hat-trick of his own, but Sanchez was again in fantastic form and his pass to release Mesut Ozil, which led to Arsenal's fourth goal, was amazing.

Alexis Sanchez helped Arsenal finish top of their Champions League group.

Alexis Sanchez can always give you something special. You don't find many players like him.  Arsene Wenger, Arsenal manager.

What do we know about Alexis Sanchez?

Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil are pulling the strings for Arsenal this season.

Alexis Alejandro Sanchez Sanchez was born in December 1988, and is from a small city called Tocapilla in the North East of Chile. His first major club was Cobreloa in Chile. After only 1 season with Cobreloa, Italian club, Udinese bought him and sent him on loan to top Chilean club, Colo-Colo, where he won the Chilean Championship. The following season, he was sent out on loan again, this time to Argentinian giants, River Plate. Again he helped his team win the league. In 2008, Sanchez moved to Italy and had three successful seasons with Udinese before moving to Spain to play for FC Barcelona. During his 3 seasons with Barcelona, Sanchez won 6 Spanish and international trophies and scored 39 La Liga goals in only 88 appearances. One of the highlights of his time with the Catalan team was scoring the winner against Real Madrid (2-1) in October 2013.

What has Alexis won with his national team?

Alexis Sanchez has won consecutive Copa America titles with Chile.

Alexis Sanchez became the youngest ever player to represent Chile when he made his international debut, in 2006, against New Zealand when he was just 17 years old. He now has 106 caps for Chile and has scored 36 goals in international football. Sanchez has played in two World Cups for Chile but it is in the Copa America where he has found the most success. Sanchez scored the winning penalty in a penalty shootout in the final of the 2015 Copa America against Argentina. It was the first time that Chile had won a major international tournament and it was even sweeter that they did it while hosting the tournament. In 2016, Chile successfully defended their title as they won the Copa America again. They beat Argentina in the final, again, and it was in another penalty shootout! Sanchez was named the tournament's best player. In September 2016, Sanchez was named captain of the Chilean national team.

Did you know these facts about Alexis Sanchez?

Alexis Sanchez already has 13 goals this season.

Here are some more facts about Alexis Sanchez: 

  • Alexis Sanchez was the second player from Chile to score a goal in an FA Cup final. George Robledo scored for Newcastle in 1952!
  • Sanchez never goes anywhere without his two dogs called Atom and Humber. He takes them on holiday and has even taken them to training!
  • Sanchez is normally known by his first name, Alexis, which you will see on the back of his shirt.
  • Alexis was the youngest-ever Chilean international, he was just 17 years old.
  • His first club, Cobreloa, is based in Calama, one of the world's driest cities, with only about 8 cms of rain per year!

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What do you think?

Alexis Sanchez is playing brilliantly at the moment. Is he the best player in the Premier League?

Sanchez and Mesut Ozil play well together for Arsenal. Does this pair have the best understanding in the Premier League?

What can Arsenal win this season? The Premier League? The Champions League?

Take another look at the football English in the article (the words in bold). Were any of these words new for you? Can you try to use some of them in the comments section below?

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Alex_from_Ukraine's picture
Alex_from_Ukraine
08/12/2016
UA
8821
points

Arsenal will undoubtedly not win this season The Premier League because of strong competitors. The second place is highly feasible. The same for the CL - the half-final could be reached.


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Alex_from_Ukraine
08/12/2016 15:38
Ukraine
Liverpool
8821

Arsenal will undoubtedly not win this season The Premier League because of strong competitors. The second place is highly feasible. The same for the CL - the half-final could be reached.

azadkalam
09/12/2016
BD
8
points

I'm totally disagree with you. Arsenal is the best club and this calendar year they play so well. On the contrary, Their all players are so skillful that's why thay will be champions league winer.


azadkalam
09/12/2016 11:17
Bangladesh
Arsenal
8

I'm totally disagree with you. Arsenal is the best club and this calendar year they play so well. On the contrary, Their all players are so skillful that's why thay will be champions league winer.

Alex_from_Ukraine's picture
Alex_from_Ukraine
08/12/2016
UA
8821
points

The children were learning to accomplish micro-chips on the pitch. :-)


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Alex_from_Ukraine
08/12/2016 15:45
Ukraine
Liverpool
8821

The children were learning to accomplish micro-chips on the pitch. :-)

azadkalam
09/12/2016
BD
8
points

Certainly, why not, undoubtedly they both have brilliant understanding. They both are playing good football.


azadkalam
09/12/2016 11:01
Bangladesh
Arsenal
8

Certainly, why not, undoubtedly they both have brilliant understanding. They both are playing good football.

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kwesimanifest
12/12/2016
GH
14285
points

Sanchez is undoubtedly playing well but definitely not the best player in the league. He is one of the best in the league at the moment


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kwesimanifest
12/12/2016 10:41
Ghana
Manchester United
14285

Sanchez is undoubtedly playing well but definitely not the best player in the league. He is one of the best in the league at the moment

kwesimanifest's picture
kwesimanifest
12/12/2016
GH
14285
points

Arsenal can't win any of the competition this season.


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kwesimanifest
12/12/2016 10:42
Ghana
Manchester United
14285

Arsenal can't win any of the competition this season.

kwesimanifest's picture
kwesimanifest
12/12/2016
GH
14285
points

Players understand themselves and gelling with each other is the best and its visible in Sanchez and Ozil


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kwesimanifest
12/12/2016 10:43
Ghana
Manchester United
14285

Players understand themselves and gelling with each other is the best and its visible in Sanchez and Ozil

elghoul's picture
elghoul
12/12/2016
DZ
9105
points

1.Obviously he is.
2.This pair reachs the best understanding this year but last year Mahrez and Vardy were doing better.
3.I am not so confident about Arsenal winning a trophy this season. Perhaps I could go for a cup perhaps after a penalty shootout.


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elghoul
12/12/2016 13:06
Algeria
Arsenal
9105

1.Obviously he is.
2.This pair reachs the best understanding this year but last year Mahrez and Vardy were doing better.
3.I am not so confident about Arsenal winning a trophy this season. Perhaps I could go for a cup perhaps after a penalty shootout.

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aragorn1986
13/12/2016
ME
6922
points

One of the best players in the PL ever. Probably the best this season! Sanchez knew very well he was going to play even better with Ozil. I hope Arsenal can go all the way in the PL while I'm not so optimistic about the CL. It is incredible that every year they have to play against Bayern in the 1/8 finals. Unbelievable!


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aragorn1986
13/12/2016 17:10
Montenegro
Arsenal
6922

One of the best players in the PL ever. Probably the best this season! Sanchez knew very well he was going to play even better with Ozil. I hope Arsenal can go all the way in the PL while I'm not so optimistic about the CL. It is incredible that every year they have to play against Bayern in the 1/8 finals. Unbelievable!

lamabeto
14/12/2016
MY
28
points

Arsenal will arrive in the top four of Premier League as they used to be. They won't win the trophy, both for Premier League and Champion Leage.


lamabeto
14/12/2016 09:41
Malaysia
Liverpool
28

Arsenal will arrive in the top four of Premier League as they used to be. They won't win the trophy, both for Premier League and Champion Leage.

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Shehriyar Tagiyev
16/12/2016
AZ
38
points

!


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Shehriyar Tagiyev
16/12/2016 07:54
Azerbaijan
Liverpool
38

!

petrika a topalli
17/12/2016
AL
5
points

Arsenal will undoubtedly not win this season The Premier League because of strong competitors. The second place is highly feasible. The same for the CL - the half-final could be reached.

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petrika a topalli
17/12/2016 16:56
Albania
Manchester City
5

Arsenal will undoubtedly not win this season The Premier League because of strong competitors. The second place is highly feasible. The same for the CL - the half-final could be reached.

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Rich's picture
Rich
17/12/2016
ES
2921
points

Hi Petrika a Topalli!

Welcome to Premier Skills English. I hope you enjoy our website.

Do you think City will win the Premier League this season?

Rich - The Premier Skills English Team


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Rich
17/12/2016 21:08
Spain
Liverpool
2921

Hi Petrika a Topalli!

Welcome to Premier Skills English. I hope you enjoy our website.

Do you think City will win the Premier League this season?

Rich - The Premier Skills English Team

Blondipepa
18/12/2016
AL
3
points

Alexis Sanchez


Blondipepa
18/12/2016 09:32
Albania
Chelsea
3

Alexis Sanchez

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Siava
22/12/2016
UA
181
points

Arsenal as always will finish this PL season in top-4, but they aren't strong enough to be the Champions.


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Siava
22/12/2016 14:43
Ukraine
Liverpool
181

Arsenal as always will finish this PL season in top-4, but they aren't strong enough to be the Champions.

assemjuve
21/01/2017
PS
3433
points

Alexis is brilliant this season,but i think the best one is Diego Costa.


assemjuve
21/01/2017 12:04
Palestinian Territory
Liverpool
3433

Alexis is brilliant this season,but i think the best one is Diego Costa.

assemjuve
21/01/2017
PS
3433
points

I think the best pair this season is the pair of Hazard and Costa.


assemjuve
21/01/2017 12:27
Palestinian Territory
Liverpool
3433

I think the best pair this season is the pair of Hazard and Costa.

assemjuve
21/01/2017
PS
3433
points

I think they will win nothing.


assemjuve
21/01/2017 12:28
Palestinian Territory
Liverpool
3433

I think they will win nothing.

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Talapker
27/01/2017
KZ
205
points

Alexis Sanches is very talented but not better than Messi


Talapker's picture
Talapker
27/01/2017 18:17
Kazakhstan
Manchester City
205

Alexis Sanches is very talented but not better than Messi

Glenshehu's picture
Glenshehu
29/01/2017
AL
63
points

He is not the best player in Premier League. His good appereances are even as a result of Arsenal squad play. He would not do the same in any other team.


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Glenshehu
29/01/2017 03:22
Albania
Chelsea
63

He is not the best player in Premier League. His good appereances are even as a result of Arsenal squad play. He would not do the same in any other team.

Boburxon
29/01/2017
UZ
23
points

Maybe Arsenal is good in this season, but Chelsea is best!


Boburxon
29/01/2017 07:53
Uzbekistan
Chelsea
23

Maybe Arsenal is good in this season, but Chelsea is best!

Orkhanes
02/02/2017
AZ
31
points

2016-2017 is the first season that rivalry among major clubs increased significantly. the most respected coaches arrived here in this season. besides the most expensive player transfer of all times was implemented in PL.So it makes PL more amazing, challenging and competitive.I consider this period as new positive milestone in the history of English Premier league.


Orkhanes
02/02/2017 19:00
Azerbaijan
Manchester United
31

2016-2017 is the first season that rivalry among major clubs increased significantly. the most respected coaches arrived here in this season. besides the most expensive player transfer of all times was implemented in PL.So it makes PL more amazing, challenging and competitive.I consider this period as new positive milestone in the history of English Premier league.

Rich's picture
Rich
03/02/2017
ES
2921
points

Hi Orkhanes

It looks like Antonio Conte at Chelsea is winning the battle of the new managers at the moment. What about Paul Pogba? As a Manchester Utd fan, how do you think he is doing?

Thanks for your message

Rich - The Premier Skills English Team


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Rich
03/02/2017 08:26
Spain
Liverpool
2921

Hi Orkhanes

It looks like Antonio Conte at Chelsea is winning the battle of the new managers at the moment. What about Paul Pogba? As a Manchester Utd fan, how do you think he is doing?

Thanks for your message

Rich - The Premier Skills English Team

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