​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.


“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.”


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.