Arsene Wenger: This Arsenal star has become provocative

Arsene Wenger heaps praise on Alexis Sanchez following the striker's strong start to the season with Arsenal

Arsene Wenger has labelled Alexis Sanchez as “provocative” in his style of play at Arsenal.

The Chile international has earned a reputation as one of the Premier League’s top forwards since his arrival at the north London club from Barcelona in the summer of 2014.

Sanchez helped Arsenal win the FA Cup in his first season at the club but ended his second campaign at The Emirates without a trophy.

The 27-year-old has been in fine form for Arsenal so far this season and has already scored eight goals and made three assists in the Premier League for Arsene Wenger’s men.

And Wenger has described the qualities which he thinks Sanchez has improved in recent weeks and month.

Speaking in an interview with Arsenal’s website, Wenger said: “He has the instinct of a real striker. He wants to hit you, he wants to go at you.

“When he gets the ball, he runs forward and he runs at any defender. He shows, maybe sometimes to excess, that dribbling quality is an important quality for a striker.

“It’s his game and you do not want to take that out of his game. His dribbling is provocative, it’s not retention, it’s provocative, to create damage.”

Sanchez will be hoping to feature for Arsenal when the Gunners take on West Ham United in the Premier League at The Emirates on Saturday night.

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The Gunners currently trail Premier League leaders Chelsea by three points.

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