Arsenal winger Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain admits team-mate Alexis Sanchez is rarely happy or satisfied with how things are going, even if the team are winning.
These words won’t exactly be music to the ears of Gunners supporters with the Chile international stalling on signing a new contract at the Emirates Stadium and possibly heading for the exit door.
However, Oxlade-Chamberlain sees the positive in Sanchez’s attitude, saying his unrelenting desire to win and be the best rubs off on the rest of the team.
‘He’s definitely one of those players who will tend to bring out the best in you because he’s very demanding of himself and everyone else,’ he said.
‘The number of times we’ve come off the pitch and we’ve won but he’s still not happy with something.
‘The Crystal Palace game for example, we won 2-0 and right at the end of the game he’s cut in and he passed it to me. I shot and Wayne Hennessey saved it in the last minute of the game. The boys were all happy in the dressing room but Alexis came to me in the shower and said ‘My friend are you going to score? Oh no my friend… I passed you the ball, you have a cup of tea, you wait… and then you shoot’. I was just laughing like, ‘Yeah sorry my friend’.
‘He always wants assists, he wants goals and that’s what makes him the player he is. He’s always hungry for that and he passes that onto us all. We’ve got a lot of those characters in the team.’