Wenger names best World Cup group stage team - is he scouting them?

Man With Chile Flag Santiago

Arsenal manager believes Chile were the best nation until they came face-to-face with Brazil. Has he been watching Arturo Vidal and Alexis Sanchez?

When Chile perform on the grandest of stages one cannot help but think of former junior welterweight title holder Amir Khan.

Chile score, much like the combination-puncher from Bolton is able to when in the ring, but the South American nation are vulnerable when it comes to defence and are susceptible to concessions - just like the Briton's questionable guard and punch resistance.

That is no slight on either the nation, nor Khan - their deficiencies are precisely what make them must-see TV whenever they perform.

After all, Khan not only dropped then outboxed fearless Marcos Maidana, who troubled consensus number one pound-for-pound prizefighter Floyd Mayweather Jnr so much that a rematch has been booked for September, but he has also been stopped himself - by Breidis Prescott and Danny Garcia.

Chile, too, have highlight-reel wins - like their convincing 2-0 trumping of Spain - but are no means the full package, as the Netherlands demonstrated with a 2-0 win for the Dutch.

For Wenger, who is renowned for his encouragement of attacking football, Chile were the team of the tournament up until they met Brazil in the Round of 16.

He said: "I would like to congratulate Chile. I think they were the best team of this tournament until they played against Brazil. And they were very unlucky to go out!"

  Touch /AppOpponent Touch /AppPossess %Opp Possess %Pass Acc %Shots /AppGoal /AppConceded /AppPlayed
Chile 715.00 637.00 54.8% 44.3% 80.2% 9.75 1.50 1.00 4

On a per game basis Chile receive a total of 715 touches on the football, compared to 637 for their opponents (Australia, Spain, Netherlands and Brazil). Chile enjoy 55% of possession while limiting their opponents to an average of 44% of the share. Their passing accuracy is 80%, they attempt almost ten shots per game and they averaged 1.5 goals scored to 1.0 goals against.

A number of the Chilean stars are regulars in transfer speculation, with Arturo Vidal and Alexis Sanchez both reportedly targeted, as per the Daily Telegraph.

The DT claim that Wenger has already bid £22 million for Sanchez but may have to meet Barcelona's valuation of £30 million in order to enter personal discussions with the forward. Juventus, meanwhile, demand £40 million for midfielder Vidal.

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