Good news for Arsenal fans as Alexis Sanchez has been named the best player at the Copa America Centenario that Chile won, beating Argentina on penalties on Sunday.
Sanchez looked back to his brilliant best during the competition, scoring twice in a must-win game against Panama that sent Chile through to the knockout stages, then had one goal and two assists in a 7-0 thrashing of Mexico in the quarterfinals. He finished the tournament with three goals and four assists in six matches
Sanchez had an indifferent season for Arsenal last year. He was rushed back too soon by Arsene Wenger after last summer’s Copa America tournament in Chile and he never looked fresh or rested before he got injured.
Arsene Wenger’s side seemed men were favorites to win the league when iSanchez got injured last season. But a string of poor results after the Christmas period ended those dreams but they rallied to finish second when it seemed north London rivals Tottenham would secure that position
Gunners fans will be hoping that history does not repeat itself this season as Sanchez played every minute of Chile’s five games leading up to the final, where he had to be substituted extra time looking absolutely shattered.
Fortunately in Sanchez’s favor is that the smaller Copa America has finished almost two weeks before the end of the Euros. That should allow the Arsenal striker to get a full four week vacation before he returns for pre-season training, giving him plenty of time to get ready for Arsenal’s first match of the season on August 13 at home to Liverpool.