Alexis Sanchez has publicly revealed that fear of being a “nobody” has acted as motivation for him to treat every match like a cup final.

Alexis’ tireless attitude and infectious workrate has polarised opinion amongst Arsenal supporters. Some feel it’s heroic and a model example for others to follow, whilst many believe it’s exaggerated and ineffective at times.

His attitude has reportedly caused friction between himself and team-mates. With that being said, the Chilean has said that it is his positive mindset which has kept him going, hoping to avoid a feeling of failure.

As a footballer, everything you’ve achieved can easily be lost and then you are nobody,” Sanchez told the club’s official website.

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.

The final stage of his time with Barcelona is a good example.

Alexis was an excellent player, but one that was often overlooked for the likes of Pedro and Neymar in an attacking trio alongside Lionel Messi.

Alexis (pictured, centre) celebrating one of his goals for Barcelona
Barcelona’s Chilean forward Alexis Sanchez (R) celebrates his goal with team-mates during the Spanish league football match against Atletico ded Madrid at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona on May 17, 2014. (Picture source: Josep Lago / AFP / Getty Images)

The move to Arsenal was surprising but ultimately one which paid dividends – he quickly became a star man and seems to relish the expectation that comes with that role.

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.

His aim to be the world’s best means transfer speculation continues to circulate.

22 goals and a further 18 assists (all comps) this term just reiterate his world-class ability. Despite this, Arsenal’s faltering form suggests Alexis will never reach his full potential if he remains in north London.

Chelsea, PSG, Juventus and Bayern Munich are just a few of Europe’s best all interested in his services.

Arsene Wenger, however, believes that he will stay at Arsenal. For another season, at least.