Arsenal legend discusses Alexis Sanchez’s weaknesses
Charlie Nicholas has doubts about Alexis Sanchez as Arsenal's striker
Alexis Sanchez is not a natural finisher like Barcelona forward Luis Suarez, according to Arsenal legend Charlie Nicholas.
The Chile international has been utilised in a forward role in Arsene Wenger’s starting line-up throughout the 2016-17 season so far.
Sanchez has netted against Watford, Hull City, Chelsea, Sunderland and Bournemouth in the north London’s Premier League campaign.
The Chile international’s position change has been keeping France striker Olivier Giroud out of Wenger’s XI.
However, Giroud came off the bench to score Arsenal’s equaliser in a 1-1 draw at Manchester United last weekend.
Sanchez’s best return since his £35m move to Arsenal from Barcelona came in his first season in England after he netted 16 times.
Speaking to Sky Sports about the potential candidates to finish as the Premier League’s top goal-scorer this season, Nicholas said of Sanchez:
“That price makes sense because Arsenal are a bit confused in terms of attacking selection. Olivier Giroud has come back and then Sanchez is back out on the flank.
“This guy isn’t a No 9 and while his instincts and attributes might be similar to Luis Suarez, he’s not always a great finisher. I’m not convinced he’ll play in the central role and he often goes too deep looking for the ball so I don’t expect him to be in top three.”
Arsenal finished in second place in the Premier League table last season and 10 points adrift of champions Leicester City.
The Gunners signed five players in the summer transfer window, including Spanish forward Lucas Perez.