​Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez has revealed that he often played as a goalkeeper in a Chilean jail as a child.


Sanchez has ascended to the top of the world game having started out in modest circumstances, playing on the streets of Tocopilla, his hometown in Chile.


Speaking to ​Arsenal Player, he revealed how his early experiences have helped him reach such success in his career.

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“My mental approach was always to win and to go as far as possible playing football," he said. “I was always playing in tournaments and initially I played in goal. I was happy as long as I was playing football. I played with older people all the time - many of whom I really liked.


“[I played] in the street, but we also used to go to the local jail to play. We played with the people there on a dirt pitch, and I played in goal.”

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Sanchez has certainly progressed since those days, now a prolific attacking player at Arsenal having moved from Barcelona for £31m in 2014.


He has been regularly linked with a move away from the Emirates this season, however, with his future very much still in doubt as the campaign draws to a close.


The 28-year-old has scored 22 goals in all competitions for Arsenal this season, and is likely to prove instrumental in the club's fight to finish in the Premier League top four.

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