Arsene Wenger has heaped praise on star forward Alexis Sanchez following the news of him being nominated for this season’s PFA Player of the year.

The Chilean international has managed to score 22 goals in all competitions this campaign despite Arsenal’s disappointing run of results in recent months.

And after witnessing Sanchez join the likes of Harry Kane, Romelu Lukaku, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Eden Hazard and N’Golo Kante on the shortlist for the PFA Player of the Year award, Wenger has applauded the 28-year-old’s efforts.

“I’m very happy because it rewards a very strong season if you look at his numbers.” the Arsenal manager said

“His goalscoring record is good, his assists are good and I believe that the combination of goalscoring and assists always [showcases] the quality of a player.

“He’s been clinical because he played at centre forward for a while and also because he has a short backlift, a good quality of reception, a good first touch and the focus needed to score.

“That means that he plays with a kind of aggressive attitude in the box which allows him to score.

“He likes to touch the ball, so I would say he is more attracted to a wide position. He basically prefers to play wide rather than up front because he can get the ball more.

“He has to keep that balance between providing and goalscoring because he has both in the locker.”

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