Wenger Gives Insight Into Where Sanchez Will Play For Arsenal

By on July 18, 2014

Arsene Wenger has been speaking about new signing Alexis Sanchez and gave us an idea of where he’ll fit in to the Arsenal team next season.

Sanchez completed his move from Barcelona last week and is due to link-up with his new team mates at the end of the month, with his debut likely to be at the Emirates Cup in early August.

While he’s predominantly played out wide for Barcelona and Udinese in recent years, Sanchez proved at the World Cup with Chile that he can play through the middle when needed.

Arsene says his versatility was one of the reasons he decided to spend in excess of £30m on the 25-year-old, and it looks like Sanchez will start life out on the wing before potentially moving to a more central role when Theo Walcott returns from injury.

The boss told Arsenal.com:

“The fact that he’s efficient, the fact that he’s good off the ball,”

“He runs at people with the ball and he’s a very versatile striker.

“He can play through the middle, he can play on both flanks and he has the qualities that I think are needed in England. He’s brave, works hard and all these qualities together made me go for him.

“At the moment he might play on the flank because Walcott is injured. As well [he can play] through the middle in some games; we can play with Giroud, we can play without Giroud in a 4-4-2 or in a 4-3-3.

“That’s why he is a major signing for us [and] that’s why we spend a lot of money on him. He has the quality to be efficient everywhere he plays.”

This is what I predicted the boss would do. Start Sanchez out wide then gradually move him into the middle when Theo’s back. It’s interesting to see Arsene talk about playing in a 4-4-2 formation. He switched to 4-4-2 a few times during the run-in last season so maybe we’ll see a lot more of it this year?

Theo’s also capable of playing through the middle as well, so once he’s fit, we’ll suddenly find ourselves with plenty of options in attack. It’s going to be an exciting prospect once Walcott, Ozil, Cazorla, Ramsey and Sanchez all start in the same team together. I can’t wait….


  1. Niron

    July 18, 2014 at 11:38 am

    Tell AW, if Yaya Toure is tired at Mancity Arsenal should go for him. After all, Yaya had always, just like Drogba; wanted to play for Arsenal.

  2. Paysal A. Nass

    July 18, 2014 at 11:51 am

    Hy ! AW, get dat super horse Ya Ya toure 4 us, jst to shut up Foolish choaces & 4ma players lyk mourinho & m. Owen

  3. mantele oye

    July 18, 2014 at 12:15 pm

    up Gunners.plz yaya toure should come to Emirate.

  4. rufai

    July 18, 2014 at 2:10 pm

    oh no we don’t need him as he is too old for the team okay we need young ones in the team okay so AW look well and get us a good guys okay…. we have Sanchez and we have Mathieu Debuchy so we need young guys okay not who are old for the team okay.. thank you AW and we hope we will win the E P L and the CL okay

  5. olokodana muyi..FREEMAN

    July 18, 2014 at 2:18 pm

    MR.wenger..pls get us more signing like yaya toure,nd 1 defensive midfielder.tankx4 the two signing..up gunners.

  6. Horlaryiworlar Lukman Holuwarphikayor

    July 18, 2014 at 6:05 pm

    Mr. Wenger tanx 4 d two new signing but we stil need blocking 4,one shotstoper nd bck up 4 Debuchy we wil be hapi if u can sign dose players.

  7. erick nyaribari

    July 18, 2014 at 8:38 pm

    Hy wenger we need more players sign like yaya he will fill

  8. Osendro Henry

    July 19, 2014 at 7:34 am

    Coaches Wo Know What 2 Do Behave Like Wenger Unlike Dat Of Chelsea.Wenger We Need More 3 Signings Dat Iz Goalkeeper, Deep 6 & Backup 4 Debuchy Tankz Aw.

  9. Nasanax

    July 19, 2014 at 1:20 pm

    Its future is in hands of AW as long as transfer window’s open !to me much of clinical finisher lk benzm, bony complemented with joe @ emirates

  10. Nasanax

    July 19, 2014 at 1:28 pm

    Da future is in hands of AW as long as transfer window’s open !to me much of clinical finisher lk benzm, bony, remy complemented with joe @ emirates

  11. Annysouth

    July 21, 2014 at 12:46 pm

    Mr Wenger, well done for the major signing so far but we’ll be happy if you give additional 3 that is Two defenders and a GK.

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