Alan Shearer explains what Alexis Sanchez must do with Arsenal to prove he’s world class

The Premier League legend refuses to describe Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez as world class

Alan Shearer says Alexis Sanchez won’t be a truly world-class player until the Arsenal forward fires the Gunners to the Premier League title.

The Chile international scored a second-half hat-trick in Arsenal’s 5-1 victory over West Ham United in Saturday evening’s derby at the London Stadium.

Arsene Wenger has opted to play Sanchez as a centre-forward in his Arsenal side since the start of the 2016-17 Premier League season.

The manager’s tactical change has paid dividends after Sanchez’s hat-trick took his tally to 11 goals in 14 games in the current campaign.

The South American has scored two goals and has made two assists in the Champions League this term.

However, Shearer was reluctant to describe Sanchez as a world-class player in spite of the former Barcelona man’s dominant performance at West Ham.

Asked what Sanchez needs to do to be considered truly world class, Shearer told Saturday night’s Match Of The Day:

“What I would say is Arsenal are a much better team this year because of him.”

Shearer added: “It depends how you define world class. If he keeps on and wins the title with Arsenal this season, then I’d say yes.”

Sanchez moved to Arsenal in a £35m deal from La Liga giants Barcelona in 2014.

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