Grading Arsenal's £32m move for Alexis Sanchez - attacking saviour or expensive luxury?

Alexis Sanchez Chile

Arsenal finally agreed a deal to sign Barcelona forward Alexis Sanchez on Thursday, but how good is the move from a Gunners point of view?

With Barcelona undergoing something of a rebuild this summer under new manager Luis Enrique, the club seemed set to sell Sanchez in order to fund a move to sign Liverpool striker Luis Suarez. Both deals have now been completed, with Sanchez moving to North London for a fee believed to be in the region if £32m – but how does the move to sign the Chilean grade out?

Positives

Arsenal fans have been calling for manager Arsene Wenger to splash the cash for some time now, with the £42.5m signing of Mesut Ozil in September still not enough to clinch the Premier League title. Adding another big money signing will certainly appease the fans, but Alexis is much more than a crowd pleaser – he's everything Arsenal need. Sanchez has bags of pace to get in behind defences, which is something the Gunners struggled with repeatedly last season. Able to play on the left, right, through the middle or even as a No. 10, Sanchez can be used in a number of ways – a boost to Wenger's attacking options. Snapping up a proven goalscorer was a big priority for the Gunners, and they've managed to add that – and some star power – with the signature of the Chilean international.

Negatives

It's hard to really find any. Of course, Wenger must find a role for Sanchez in his attack, but that will be done over the summer months. It's a huge amount of money to spend so soon after the Ozil signing, and Arsenal have to hope that the price tag doesn't affect Sanchez, and that he fares better than Ozil, who has had his fair share of ups and down at the Emirates Stadium so far.

Grade: A+

Arsenal have landed a top player in Sanchez. They needed to add a spark and a turn of pace to their attack having struggled after Theo Walcott suffered a season-ending injury in January, and they've got that in Alexis. The former Udinese man certainly has a point to prove after Barcelona were so adamant that he would be sold in order to sign Suarez, and whilst he's going to be compared to Arsenal's other big money signing Ozil, Sanchez has all the attributes to be better than the German. It's signings like these which will push Arsenal towards the Premier League title.

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