Arsenal star Alexis Sanchez has made it clear that he does not need a rest at any point during the season as playing football on a daily basis and winning are his two main missions. The Chilean attacker, who joined from Barcelona in 2014, has become a fan favourite at the Emirates Stadium following an explosive debut season when he scored 25 goals in all competitions.
Sanchez's second season, however, has been less spectacular, as he has struggled to recapture his form following a two-month spell on the sidelines due to a hamstring injury. His lack of form has coincided with the north London club's drop off in recent months, which has seen them get knocked out of both the Champions League and the FA Cup, while also struggling to win in the Premier League.
The Chile international put his point across in a very clear fashion when he admitted that he plays football to win for himself and his teammates. Sanchez credits his passion and desire for the game to his younger days in his homeland and his return to form will be crucial for Arsenal, who face a Premier League make or break tie against Everton on Saturday (19 March).
"I always want to play and to win because football's my passion, it's my life. That's why every time we win, I'm really happy. I can't be happy with drawing or losing a match. It actually makes me really sad when that happens," Sanchez told Arsenal's official site.
"I also like to see my team-mates' happy faces when we win because I know that they're going to go out the next day and celebrate that win with their families.
"The manager sometimes says to me, 'Have a rest' but I don't want to rest. I'd rather go home and do a bit of gym and exercise in my house to maintain my form.
"I think [my passion] started in Tocopilla because I always used to play with older people. I always wanted to be a footballer, I always wanted to play. I was born to be a footballer and, God willing, I will be able to continue doing that. As you know, I'm passionate about football. I like to win," the former Barcelona star explained.
"Since I was a child I've always been annoyed if I didn't win. If I lost a match I would be annoyed and then I would just want to train so that I could win the next day."