Arsene Wenger believes Alexis Sanchez could prove Arsenal’s solution to the striker woes.
The Gunners boss will keep faith with the Chilean attacker and retain him in the new advanced role this season.
Sanchez was below his best when pressed into emergency striker action against Liverpool and retained that role at the King Power.
Wenger has few options with Olivier Giroud still resting after the Euros and still no new forward signings.
But Wenger has refused to rule out Sanchez becoming a long-term option in the position and said: “I think it is worth to try as he has the quality to go behind defences.
“Honestly, he didn’t have the most convincing game against Liverpool. But I think as well he was not completely ready physically.
“On the flanks, he uses up a lot of energy by chasing back and I would like to use his energy sometimes a bit more efficiently by going behind the defenders as he is a good finisher.”
Wenger pointed out that Sanchez played as a striker at times with Barcelona.
And he thinks he could bring some of the qualities of current Nou Camp star and one-time Arsenal target Luis Suarez to the Emirates.
Wenger added: “He has similar qualities. He is technically top, and he has a good timing to run behind the defenders.”
Sanchez played in the Copa America this summer and has struggled with an on-going ankle injury.
His desire to play every game leaves the South American star in danger of burnout.
Wenger added: “With him, it is difficult to be careful.
“Last year sometimes I overplayed him a little bit and he is always looking to stay on the pitch.
“Maybe I will have to rest him a bit more, yes. But I think this week he was already sharper in training.”
Other than Mesut Ozil, whose role is entrenched in his role as the central attacking midfielder, Alexis Sanchez is certainly the best player in Arsenal’s squad. Getting the best out of the Chilean is integral to the success of the team.
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