Arsenal Superstar Reveals the Key Component Behind His Successful Football Career

Jeff Masterson

Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez has a story unlike most professional footballers, having overcome an impoverished upbringing in his native Chile to become one of the world's foremost footballing superstars.

The former Barcelona star, who is at the centre of a contract wrangle with his north London employers, is a highly-sought after commodity, having impressed no end since his move to England in 2014, amassing an incredible 47 goals in only 92 games for the Gunners. 

Crystal Palace v Arsenal - Premier League
Crystal Palace v Arsenal - Premier League

However, the 28-year-old, who will be confident of adding to his tally when Arsenal take on Crystal Palace on Monday evening, has revealed the secret his life's success - being suitably motivated.

“Looking at everything I’ve done in my career as a footballer, at all the titles, I believe that what’s hugely important is motivation,” he explained to ​Arsenal Player

Arsenal v West Ham United - Premier League
Arsenal v West Ham United - Premier League

“If a footballer is well motivated and has various things to motivate him every day, he will keep achieving his goals.

“Everything in life depends on feeling motivated, whether you are talking about a child, a family or an individual. In my case my life has changed and improved because different things have motivated me.

“For example in the beginning my motivation was to help my family. Later on my motivation was to be the best.

Arsenal v West Ham United - Premier League
Arsenal v West Ham United - Premier League

“It’s the joy you get from your family and from those close to you that motivates you. That gives you the push you need to get better.

“So even if a match has gone badly, you don’t let it get to you and you move forward. As a footballer, everything you’ve achieved can easily be lost and then you are nobody. That’s just how life is and that’s why you shouldn’t let things get you down. That’s the reason I treat every match like a final.

“I try to do that in every game – to give 100 per cent. Life is like a pair of scales. One minute you can be right up there and the next really low. It’s important to try and maintain a sense of balance and that’s down to the individual.”

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