Arsenal's Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain reveals Alexis Sanchez's shower rage over miss against Crystal Palace

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Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has praised team-mate Alexis Sanchez for a will to win that inspires the rest of the Arsenal squad.

Sanchez is Arsenal’s top scorer (20 in all competitions) and assist provider (17) this season and has established himself as one of Premier League’s top centre forwards in his first season leading the Gunners’ line.

His will to win has at times boiled over on the pitch, with Sanchez at times displaying a pained expression when his team-mates fail to live up to his standards.

One of those occasions came in the closing seconds of a comfortable 2-0 win over Crystal Palace on New Year’s Day, when Sanchez laid on a chance for Oxlade-Chamberlain inside the area. The England winger took a touch before firing a shot with his left foot that was well saved by Wayne Hennessey.

Oxlade-Chamberlain told Arsenal Player: “The boys were all happy in the dressing room but Alexis came to me in the shower and he’s like ‘My friend are you going to score?! Oh no my friend… I passed you the ball, you have a cup of tea, you wait… and then you shoot!’

“I was just laughing like ‘Yeah, sorry my friend…’ He always wants assists, he wants goals and that’s what makes him the player he is. He’s always hungry for that and he passes that onto us all. We’ve got a lot of those sorts of characters in the team.

“Alexis is probably one of the strongest ones that will voice his opinions at all times. He is one of those that keeps demanding and trying to bring the best out of you."

The miss had no impact on a game in which Sanchez had already played his part, providing the cross for Olivier Giroud’s ‘scorpion kick’ opener but is redolent of the high standards the Chilean international sets for his team-mates and himself.

Sanchez’s expectations may take him away from the Emirates with no progress made on contract talks to convince him to extend his deal, which expires at the end of next season.

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