Arsene Wenger pinpoints when he first saw Alexis Sanchez before Arsenal move

ARsenal boss Arsene Wenger reveals when he first spotted Alexis Sanchez playing for Udinese...

Transfer Agent

Arsene Wenger has revealed that it was Alexis Sanchez’s relentless energy levels that first caught his eye when the Chilean was playing for Udinese.

The forward has been one of the Premier League’s standout performers since arriving at the north London club from Barcelona in the summer of 2014 and helping the Gunners win the FA Cup last season.

The 27-year-old is known for his direct and energetic style of play and looked sharp as he made his return from a hamstring injury during the 1-0 loss to Chelsea last weekend.

And Wenger has revealed how he first came to notice the Chile international before his transfer to Barcelona from Serie A side Udinese.

Wenger told Arsenal’s website: “It was playing for Udinese [that I first spotted him]. He was very dynamic, very direct and very straight to the point.

“He was one of these players where his energy and the intensity of his energy level hits you straight in the face.

“It is strange because he catches your eye with his energy and level of commitment he puts into everything he does and that is what remained with me.”

Sanchez will be hoping to feature and get more game time when Arsenal host Burnley in the fourth round of the FA Cup on Saturday afternoon.

MORE: The latest Arsenal news and views

MORE: The latest Arsenal player tweets

Arsenal are currently third in the Premier League table.

Get 5/1 enhanced odds on Chelsea to beat Swansea today. Hurry, offer ends soon. Click here to sign up for an account now. T&Cs apply.

MORE: The 13 best African players to have worn the Liverpool shirt

MORE: Ranking Chelsea's best ever African players

MORE: Do you know the top Muslim footballers in the Premier League?

MORE: Back to The Sport Review homepage

MORE: Man United latest news

MORE: Arsenal latest news

MORE: Chelsea latest news

MORE: Liverpool latest news

The Sport Review
Roger Federer and Tomas Berdych join forces in Prague to launch first Laver Cup
The Sport Review
Top 25 most stylish footballers: Arsenal, Man Utd, Chelsea and Liverpool stars feature
The Sport Review
Arsenal WAGs 2017: Meet Granit Xhaka, Shkodran Mustafi and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s wives and girlfriends
The Sport Review
12 young Arsenal players who fans should get excited about
The Sport Review
Top 40 Muslim footballers: Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool and Man Utd stars feature
The Sport Review
Top 25 Muslim football players in Premier League: Arsenal, Liverpool, Man Utd and Chelsea stars feature
The Sport Review
Man United WAGs: Meet Ander Herrera, Juan Mata and David De Gea’s girlfriends
The Sport Review
Chelsea WAGs: Meet David Luiz, Oscar and Willian’s wives and girlfriends
The Sport Review
Ranking Chelsea’s best ever African players
The Sport Review
Photo: Eden Hazard shows off new tattoo and drops hint about Chelsea future
The Sport Review
Dubai Premier: Caroline Wozniacki goes for second title, but Kerber’s No1 dream dashed