Alexis was one of many players who struggled for Arsenal on Sunday, after returning to the side from injury.
The Chilean was expected to inspire Arsenal’s attack, and he did create an early chance for Danny Welbeck to blaze wide, but that turned out to be his only significant offensive contribution, as Arsenal were torn apart on the day.
The only other attempt from Alexis was a blocked shot that didn’t even make it into the box. Nothing like the man who scored 30 goals last season for the Gunners.
It’s not that Alexis didn’t look like his usual lively self, he seemed to have plenty of energy to chase people down in certain moments, and completed all of his take ons (although there were just three).
But nothing that he tried in the final third came off. Only 65% of Alexis’ passes reached their intended targets, and the only cross he attempted fell to a Liverpool man.
It’s never easy to play as a forward in a match you’re losing, as the opposition can just sit back and frustrate you, but Alexis was disappointing even by those standards, especially as a player who is reportedly looking for a big money move to a team that could win the Champions League.
If I was a scout watching that match, I wouldn’t be telling my club he was worth the big fees being rumoured – nor the wages allegedly being demanded.