DoTD: Should Arsenal Fans Fear Burnout Of Their Prized Possession?

Arsenal FC is preparing their pre-season tour with some new faces, and some fresh new Puma kits. Along with all of that is the hope of the Gunners possibly being able to put together a legitimate title run. But is that all Arsenal fans are focused on heading into the 2015/16 campaign?

Some would say that the potential burnout of Alexis Sanchez would offer a great opportunity for a debate. Not a heated argument, but just a simple discussion of ideas and different views or opinions. Care to join?

El Niño Maravilla is going to be 27 years old in December, and the guy has more energy than most have ever seen. He puts in 150% every match, and even when the ball seems nearly impossible to get to, he will still waste his energy to at least make an attempt.

After a successful first season in North London, and a great performance at the Copa America, Alexis now must prepare for a long and demanding Premier League campaign. But how the hell does he do it?

Arsenals Chilean striker Alexis Sanchez gestures during the English League Cup third round football match between Arsenal and Southampton at The Emirates Stadium in London on September 23, 2014. Southampton won the game 2-1. AFP PHOTO / IAN KINGTON RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 45 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications.        (Photo credit should read IAN KINGTON/AFP/Getty Images)

This guy can have a bad game, but he still manages to cover more ground on the pitch than anyone else. You can’t blame him for not putting in the effort because if there’s one player who leaves it all on the pitch, it’s him.

After 48 appearances with Arsenal in all competitions and over 3500 minutes played, Alexis helped guide Chile to an international title which added to the potential fatigue in his legs. With the Gunners expecting to make a serious push domestically and on the European stage, more will be expected of their star. Can he deliver? There shouldn’t be much doubt that he can, but will he be able to do it consistently?

Some will argue that he’s been doing this all his career, and that’s very true, but it’s hard to argue the fact that the Premier League may be the most demanding league in the world. Yes he faced adversity at Barcelona, but is La Liga as competitive as the EPL? Given the respect the Catalans are shown on the pitch in their country, did Alexis really have to work as hard on and off the ball as he does with the Gunners?

You would think he has maybe 3-4 years left in him at such a high level of performance before it all levels out. One can only imagine he’ll have to eventually change his style of play so that 90 minutes of tireless running doesn’t feel like he just ran a marathon with Per Mertesacker strapped to his back after every match.

This guy is a freak, and Arsene Wenger has already told the media that Alexis does not enjoy being rested if he’s not injured. With that said, will Arsenal’s prized possession run out of gas? And how can Arsene Wenger protect him from potential burnout heading into his second campaign with the club, without it having a negative influence in the squad?


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