Alexis Sanchez: I can win trophies at Arsenal

It took until the 70th minute for Alexis Sanchez to put Arsenal ahead
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Alexis Sanchez believes he still has to improve despite an impressive start to his Premier League career - but is confident he can win trophies with Arsenal.

The form of the Chilean forward, who signed from Barcelona in the summer for £32million, has been a positive in an otherwise inconsistent opening by Arsene Wenger's side.

Sanchez scored his 12th Arsenal goal in Sunday’s defeat at Swansea, when his side relinquished a lead for the second time in a week, having thrown away a 3-0 advantage in the Champions League draw against Anderlecht.

Speaking to AS Chile, the 25-year-old was upbeat over his decision to leave Barcelona and, despite the Gunners’ faltering form of late, insisted the club had the "quality stars" needed to lift themselves back into contention after the international break and challenge for the title.

Transitions

"Little by little I am gaining confidence in my team-mates and am gradually learning more," he said.

"At first I had trouble understanding them, knowing where they ran, their movements, what gestures meant what, but every time I feel more confident.

"I am starting to memorise the moves of my team-mates and I learn to help them - clearly I need to improve and that is what I say in the dressing room, that I could stay a little less with the ball, play one touch play more often to facilitate counter-attacks, that is vital.

"I must learn that because the rapid transitions are key in this league and with this team."

Sanchez conceded that the Premier League was "the most complicated football and not easy" in comparison with the competitions in his native Chile.

But having had to adjust to differing footballing styles, after moves to Serie A with Udinese and then Spain’s Primera Division with Barcelona, the forward claimed he was not daunted by adapting to football in England – insisting he "likes the challenge".

Convinced

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And Sanchez believes Arsenal have plenty of fire power to come back to challenge leaders Chelsea for the Premier League crown and also progress in the Champions League.

"Now that I am here, sometimes I stop to look my team-mates during the training session and I realise that I am surrounded by a lot of quality stars," he added.

"I have been impressed by their attitude and their talent. I love how they create spaces, their individual and collective movements.

"I tell you seriously: I like what I see so much that I have repeated myself many times, that if we have the required winning mentality, if we are positive and try to win every single game, I know we can win any competition.

"I know that with this team we can win many trophies in the coming years. I am convinced. I hope to win everything here. That's why I came."

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