Photo: Arsenal star Alexis Sanchez uploads thoughtful Instagram post

The Arsenal star reveals the sacrifices to become a professional footballer

Alexis Sanchez was in a reflective mood on his Instagram page the day after Arsenal were 3-0 winners against Manchester United at The Emirates.

The Chile international scored twice inside the opening 20 minutes to help the north London side secure a rare victory over their bitter rivals.

Sanchez has scored six goals in his last three games in all competitions, including a hat-trick in a 5-2 win against Leicester City at King Power Stadium last month.

The 26-year-old moved to Arsenal from Barcelona in a £35m deal in 2014, and Sanchez looked back on the sacrifices that he has had to make in his blossoming career.

Sanchez wrote on his Instagram page: “Nobody know the sacrifice that it means, behind a footballer there is a lost youth for a dream that sometimes its difficult to reach, there are some times to stay with your family, outing with friends that you have to lose for a dream.

“Sometimes things go wrong and you have the rejection of an entire society but you have to carry on. It is not just run behind a ball. It is a dream that I have from my childhood and it makes me very happy.”

Sanchez is the second-most expensive player in Arsenal’s history behind Germany international Mesut Ozil.

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The Copa America winner scored 16 goals in 34 Premier League games in his first season at The Emirates.

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