Alexis Sanchez hailed as world’s best as Arsenal star shakes off injury to rescue Chile

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Arsenal’s Alexis Sanchez has been hailed as one of the best players in the world after he shrugged off injury to score twice in Chile’s 3-1 victory over Uruguay on Tuesday evening.

Chile's Alexis Sanchez celebrates after scoring against Uruguay during their 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier football match in Santiago, on November 15, 2016. / AFP / Martin BERNETTI (Photo credit should read MARTIN BERNETTI/AFP/Getty Images)

The 27-year-old was initially a major doubt to feature during the international break after suffering a low grade hamstring tear last Tuesday.

But the Arsenal forward showed no signs of injury as he struck twice in the second half to secure a vital victory in Chile’s World Cup qualifying campaign.

‘Individuals speak for themselves,’ Chile boss Juan Antonio Pizzi said after the match.

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‘Alexis is among the best players in the world.

‘[But] I am more in favour of emphasising the strengths of the group. And it is what allowed us to turn the game.’

Despite having his right thigh heavily bandaged in training, Sanchez was declared ‘100% ready’ to play against Uruguay by Pizzi.

Arsene Wenger revealed his concerns over the handling of Sanchez’s injury, claiming that a ‘suicidal decision’ from Chile’s medical team could sideline the Arsenal forward for months.

Edinson Cavani opened the scoring for Uruguay but Eduardo Vargas struck an equaliser before the break.

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After the restart, Sanchez put Chile ahead with a well-taken half volley in the 60th minute, while he showed no signs of fatigue with his second goal as he showed excellent pace and strength to shrug off a Uruguay defender.

Sanchez is now returning to north London ahead of Arsenal’s trip to Manchester United on Saturday.

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