Football News: Alexis is like Messi, Beckham and Zidane for Chile


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In the fact of Chile’s failure to qualify for the next year’s world cup, the Gunners boss underline the Chilean superstar Sanchez’s importance to the Chilean squad.

According to the French manager of Arsenal Alexis Sanchez is like Messi, Beckham, and Zidane for his national side.

In their last match, the Chile side was bulldogged by the Brazilian side in their home ground, they lost the match by 3-0 goals and finish the CONMEBOL standings at the sixth place and knocked out from the 2018 Russia World Cup.

In Saturday the Arsenal will face Watford and before that match, Arsenal supremo believes that Sanchez is among those players hugely relied by his national side, like Messi with Argentina, Beckham with England and Zidane with  France.

Wenger said: "I would say you have in every generation a player who carries the pressure of expectation of a nation,"

"In France it was Zidane. In England it was Beckham. We had other players in the team but it was Beckham. Why not [Steven] Gerrard? I don't know. But it was Beckham.

"In Chile it's Sanchez. In Argentina of course it's Messi. It looks like that there is somebody there in a national team who has to carry the pressure and absorb it and protect a little the rest of the team.

"It's someone normally who likes it a little bit. They like to be on the front line. Overall what does it mean? It means they have to deal with the lows as well."

This season Sanchez is heavily linked with a move away from the Arsenal side and also this is his final year with the Arsenal side of his contract,

Questioned asked to the Arsenal manager would Sanchez play for the Arsenal side in the next match, Wenger said: "He is as well in a very difficult mind. Chile just won the Copa America twice and now they don't even go to the World Cup,"

"Sanchez is 29 at the end of the year, so the next one he will be 33. He expected to go. Certainly [it's] a big disappointment for him.

"But I believe to play at the top level as well, it is part of dealing with that kind of disappointment."