Alan Shearer poses intriguing question for Arsenal manager about Alexis Sanchez

The Newcastle legend doesn't understand why it has taken Arsene Wenger two seasons to play Alexis Sanchez as a striker

Alan Shearer has questioned why Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has taken two seasons to play Alexis Sanchez in a centre-forward role.

The Gunners forward scored a second-half hat-trick in a 5-1 win against West Ham United at the London Stadium on Saturday evening.

Sanchez has now netted 11 times in 14 Premier League games in the 2016-17 season so far after being switched into a more orthodox forward role.

The north London side hoisted themselves above title rivals Manchester City thanks to their landslide victory over the Hammers.

The Gunners are unbeaten in 13 Premier League games this season since a 4-3 loss to title rivals Liverpool at The Emirates in their opening fixture of the 2016-17 season.

Former England and Newcastle United striker Shearer can’t understand why Wenger has taken so long to switch Sanchez into a centre-forward role.

Shearer told Saturday night’s Match Of The Day:

“I would ask Arsene Wenger if he is world class, why has he taken two years to play him as a centre-forward?

“Because that’s what Arsenal have been missing in the last few years when they haven’t won the title.”

Sanchez netted 13 times in 30 Premier League appearances in the 2015-16 season in his second campaign in England.

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The Chilean forward moved to Arsenal in a £35m deal from La Liga outfit Barcelona in the 2014 summer transfer window.

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