Arsenal Alexis Sanchez
Alexis Sanchez has scored 22 goals in his first season at the north London club Getty Images

Alexis Sanchez has revealed that he has his mother to laud for being his biggest idol as he would not have achieved anything in his illustrious career without her intervention.

The Chilean has played football in three countries since moving from Chile and also represented his country at two World Cups, taking them to the quarter finals in 2014.

After stints with Udinese and Barcelona, the South American is currently housed at Arsenal, where he has almost single-handedly kept them within touching distance of a top four spot in the first half of the season before the likes of Mesut Ozil and Olivier Giroud returned to share the burden.

The forward is also in the running for the PFA Player of the Year award this season, facing competition from the likes of Eden Hazard and David de Gea for the coveted prize, in only his first season in the Premier League.

The Chilean insists that his current goal is to take Arsenal as high as possible and he is extremely happy to be plying his trade in a country where football was primarily invented.

"It hasn't been really easy but so far my spell here is a really positive one. I like the city a lot and I feel really comfortable in the club. Supporters here are very cheerful and enlivening, which is a very nice thing," Alexis told Arsenal's official website.

"My team-mates are really kind too. My goal now is to take Arsenal as high as possible. I am well adapted to the country and the league. I must keep on learning, though. I want to expand my knowledge of English football in general and Arsenal and my team-mates in particular, but overall I love this league.

"At the end of the day, football was invented in this country, right? I live where football was invented. That makes me really happy," he added.