Rio Ferdinand warns Arsenal: You’re not the same team without this man

Rio Ferdinand comments on Alexis Sanchez's stunning recent form for Arsenal

Rio Ferdinand has told Arsenal that they are not the same team without Alexis Sanchez this season.

The Chile international continued his fine form for the north London club on Saturday night when he hit a stunning second-half hat-trick to send the Gunners on their way to a 5-1 win at West Ham United.

Sanchez has been in inspired form for Arsenal so far this season and has already netted 11 goals in the Premier League for Arsene Wenger’s men.

The 27-year-old is believed to be in talks with Arsenal about the possibility of extending his current contract with the north London club beyond 2018.

And former Manchester United defender Ferdinand has talked up the importance of Sanchez to this current Arsenal team.

Speaking on BT Sport’s Premier League Tonight show, Ferdinand said: “Without this guy, Arsenal are not the same team.

“[Without Sanchez] they haven’t got the same drive and penetration that he provides in this team.”

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Sanchez will be hoping to feature for Arsenal when the Gunners take on FC Basel in the Champions League in their final group game on Tuesday night.

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