Alexis Sanchez takes time out at the beach after leading Chile to Copa America glory
- Alexis Sanchez posts picture to Instagram from holiday
- Sanchez scored winning penalty as Chile won Copa America for first time
- The Arsenal forward is taking a well-earned break before new season
Alexis Sanchez has earned a holiday more than most players, and the Arsenal star certainly seemed to be enjoying himself as he soaked up some sun before the new season.
Sanchez starred for the Gunners after joining from Barcelona this season, before guiding Chile to their first ever major title at the Copa America.
The Arsenal forward scored the winning penalty with a cheeky chip under the utmost pressure, to round off a two-year spell in which he played more minutes than any other Premier League player.
Chile forward Alexis Sanchez scored the winning penalty as his country won their first Copa America
And Sanchez now seems determined to take a bit of well-earned time off while his club team-mates prepare for the Barclays Asia Trophy in Singapore.
The Chilean winger posted a picture of himself by a beach with the message ‘Relax…’ to his Instagram account on Friday.
Sanchez is expected to miss the start of the Premier League season as Arsene Wenger affords him some time to recover from his exploits.
Wenger has praised his forward’s fearless nature after Sanchez’s match-winning panenka against Argentina last week, and says the player is already looking ahead to next season.
The 26-year-old celebrates with his team-mates after ending their 99-year wait for Copa America success
Sanchez impressed for Arsenal last season by scoring 25 goals, with 16 coming in the Premier League
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has heaped praise on Sanchez ahead of the new Premier League campaign
‘He has shown again that he is scared of nothing. He took the ball and chipped the keeper. It was quite audacious but I was of course over the moon to see him bring the trophy to a country that has waited for such a long time.
‘It is an historic achievement and when you’re a football player, you want to do that, so I’m very happy for him.
‘I texted him [after the final] and he texted me back,’ revealed Wenger. ‘He was already focused on next season with Arsenal and wants to win everything with us. He was thrilled and very happy.’