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Alexis Alejandro Sanchez | Forward | #7

Team: Arsenal
Age / DOB:  (27) / 12/19/1988
Ht / Wt:  5'7" / 154

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Alexis Sanchez wasn't on the field for penalties but he and his teammates won the Copa America for the second consecutive summer in penalties over Argentina.
It was a similar script to last summer with New Jersey playing the role of Santiago. It was a hotly contested match that saw two first half red cards and numerous yellows. There were no goals but plenty of talking points. Ultimately it came down to penalties where Arturo Vidal and Lionel Messi traded misses and Lucas Biglia had his attempt saved to make the difference in the match. Jun 26 - 11:01 PM

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Alexis Sanchez and Chile will try for their second Copa America title in two summers when they face Argentina on Sunday.

The match itself was interrupted by lightning and heavy rains forcing a delay in the start of the second half. Fortunately for Chile they were already up 2-0 through goals from Charles Aranguiz and Jose Fuenzalida. Aranguiz latched on to a misplaced header by Juan Cuadrado for the opener on seven minutes. Alexis, as he has been so often was at the root of Chile's second goal putting a shot off the post from the top of the box. Jose Fuenzalida was in the right place to tap home the rebound for the final 2-0 scoreline.
Jun 23 - 10:35 AM

Alexis Sanchez provided a goal and scored two more as Chile beat Panama 4-2 to advance to the knockout stages of Copa America Centenario.

It was the Sanchez and Vargas show in Philadelphia to close out Group D for the defending Copa America champions. First it was Eduardo Vargas who scored a brace with Sanchez assisting on the second of those goals. From there, the tables were turned as Vargas turned provider and Sanchez scored his brace for the final four goal tally. Chile will now move on to face Group C winners Mexico in what should be the marquee match-up of the quarter finals.
Jun 15 - 9:43 AM

Amidst rumors of disagreements with Arsene Wenger come hints that Bayern Munich and Juventus are interested in buying Alexis Sanchez.

It isn't unreasonable for a player of Alexis' pedigree to want to win. With Arsenal failing to put up a sustained title challenge in a year where the club's biggest rivals stumbled badly. Frustration in inevitable. Whether that frustration turns to a transfer demand remains to be seen but it isn't unreasonable that it might happen.
May 11 - 8:52 PM

Alexis Sanchez scored twice in the first half as Arsenal cruised to an easy victory.

Sanchez started things off early with a well-taken chance from distance. The goal took the pressure off of a struggling Arsenal squad. His second goal directly from a set piece wasn't a thing of beauty but it effectively killed off the tie.
Apr 21 - 5:03 PM

Arsenal have done it again, taking only one point away from match in which the club dominated in a 1-1 draw with Crystal Palace on Sunday.

The Gunners held 72 percent possession at the Emirates against the visiting Eagles and took 21 shots throughout the afternoon. But only six fell on target as the home side paraded the ball around the penalty area without posing much of a scoring threat. Alexis Sanchez was the clear catalyst, taking five of the club's shots, which included his stoppage-time goal in the first half. Following a Palace turnover, Danny Welbeck chipped a ball into the box that Sanchez fearlessly attacked, sending a looping header over a charging Wayne Hennessey for the 1-0 lead. But the Gunners conceded the equalizer in the 81st minute, courtesy of a counter-attack led by Yannick Bolasie. The draw puts Arsenal into a tie with Manchester City for third/fourth, just four points ahead of fifth-place Manchester United.
Source: NBC Sports
Apr 17 - 1:05 PM

Alexis Sanchez returned from the international break revitalized with a goal and an assist in Arsenal's 4-0 home victory over Watford on Saturday.

Sanchez had been looking a shadow of his normal self leading up to the international break and Arsenal's performances suffered for it. Whether it was some home cooking or just some distance from the situation, it worked. The Chilean was integral opening the scoring within five minutes. He then turned provider just before halftime setting up Alex Owobi for his second Premier League goal of the season. Hector Bellerin and Theo Walcott rounded out the scoring. Look for Sanchez to rip off a series of impressive performances down the stretch as Arsenal look to convince us that they are still in the title race.
Apr 2 - 12:12 PM

Alexis Sanchez assisted on Calum Chambers' opener and then scored the winner as Arsenal squeezed by Burnley 2-1 at the Emirates to move on to the 5th round of the FA Cup.

The two time defending FA Cup champions started a mix of first team and reserve players and it was just barely enough to slip by Championship high fliers Burnley. The Clarets were the better team for stretches of the match but they had no answer for Alexis Sanchez who was calm in a tight space to tee up Calum Chambers for the opener. The Chilean finished the scoring from an Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain cross after Arsenal had let the Clarets back in the match. Sanchez certainly looked back to his best after significant time out injured.
Jan 30 - 3:31 PM

Arsene Wenger implied that Alexis Sanchez will be available for Chelsea on Sunday and it is likely that the Chilean will start.

Arsenal will be excited to have both Sanchez and Mesut Ozil back as they look to topple the opponent who has given them the most trouble in recent years. Sanchez is unlikely to play 90 minutes but he does seem likely to start. Fantasy managers should be at least a little wary since Sanchez is likely to be rusty after significant time recovering from his hamstring injury.
Jan 22 - 5:30 PM

Mesut Ozil will be ready for Sundays' derby against Chelsea at The Emirates. Meanwhile, the next two days will be decisive for Alexis Sanchez in terms of proving his fitness.

Ozil is available after minor foot inflammation ruled him out of last weekends’ draw at Stoke while Sanchez hasn’t featured since limping off at Carrow Road back in November: "The doubt is that he has been out for a long time and [there is] the risk of a setback if you try to go too early. I am cautious with him because we cannot afford a setback." However, the Chilean winger is expected to be included. Francis Coquelin is ahead of schedule and will re-join the group in training today, Danny Welbeck should be back next week and Tomas Rosicky will play for the Under-21s on Friday.
Source: The Express
Jan 21 - 6:25 AM

Arsene Wenger was cryptic when referencing Alexis Sanchez's status for Sunday's match in his news conference ahead of Arsenal's trip to Stoke City.

A trip to the Britannia is nothing to sneeze at this season and Arsenal will want to rebound from the disappointing final few minutes at Anfield on Wednesday. Whether that inspires Arsene Wenger to push Alexis into the starting line-up or not is uncertain. The manager said the player could play but that it would be a risk which doesn't really tell us much about what he plans on doing. If you have to make a choice then it's probably best to assume that Alexis isn't going to play or is only going to feature as a substitute.
Jan 15 - 10:58 AM

Arsene Wenger indicated that Alexis Sanchez is very close to returning but that he is likely to be a bit short for the match against Liverpool on Wednesday.

While the Chilean attacker is going to miss the trip to Anfield it looks like he will be available for the trip to Stoke City over the weekend and the visit of Chelsea the following weekend. Arsenal have coped well without Sanchez and may well benefit down the stretch from him having head a break from competitive action for an extended period after what has been an exhausting schedule for club and country in recent months.
Jan 11 - 11:03 AM

Arsene Wenger has confirmed during an Arsenal media briefing that Alexis Sanchez will NOT be involved in this weekends’ FA Cup tie against Sunderland at The Emirates.

The Chilean winger has been sidelined since limping off at Carrow Road in November (plus his subsequent setback) and it was thought that Sanchez would be included in Saturdays’ squad. However, Wenger revealed: "Alexis is not quite ready. It is a precaution because of his hamstring, and it takes a few more days. He’s not bad but he’s not ready." The delay calls into question his availability to face Liverpool in game week twenty-one. On a more positive note. Mikel Arteta will be added to the Gunners squad while Tomas Rosicky should re-join the group in training next week.
Jan 7 - 12:02 PM

Arsenal will be without Alexis Sanchez yet again as the Chilean continues to recover from his hamstring injury.

Arsenal have coped reasonably well without Alexis who probably needed a bit of a break anyway after being "in the red" yet again this season. His injury-enforced absence isn't quite the same as getting an actual break from physical activity but it should give other tired muscles a chance to recuperate. One player wasn't going to change the course of the Southampton match and they've won their other matches since the debacle at Norwich. Look for Sanchez to return against Sunderland after the international break.
Thu, Dec 31, 2015 01:57:00 PM

Alexis Sanchez suffered a setback in his recovery from a hamstring injury and will now be out until sometime in January.

Arsene Wenger was optimistic coming into Arsenal's match against Manchester City that Alexis had at least some chance of playing a part. How quickly things went from "he could play on Monday" to "he's out for three more weeks". Apparently Sanchez suffered a setback which, combined with the January international break will likely see him miss Arsenal's matches between now and mid-January. If it means that he also misses any matches Chile plays over that stretch, that may not be such a bad thing.
Mon, Dec 21, 2015 08:42:00 PM