Carragher: Sanchez is 'great' signing but it also spells bad news

Alex Oxlade Chamberlain

Liverpool defensive mainstay and current Sky Sports pundit believes Arsenal's signing of Alexis Sanchez may inhibit English talent.

Alexis Sanchez's transfer into the Arsenal squad from Barcelona represents "a great signing", according to former centre back Jamie Carragher, a one-club career man with Liverpool who claimed he was "disappointed" that the Chilean did not choose the Reds over the Gunners.

"It's a blow," he conceded.

Sanchez, at £35 million, is believed to have been bought in order to either a: provide competition for Olivier Giroud who spearheads Arsene Wenger's attack, or b: Theo Walcott, who supplements the forward line on the right hand side.

Carragher disputes the theory that Sanchez will play centre forward for Wenger and so expressed concern that his introduction to the senior team will push English Gunners to the fringes of the first XI.

"He’s a great signing for Arsenal and he’s something that they need as well. I’m not sure where he’s going to play because I don’t think he’s an out-and-out centre forward. It may impact on Theo Walcott and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, we’re talking about young English players, but his predominant position for Barcelona is in the wide areas."

He continued: "For Chile, he played through the middle and he could do that, but I don’t think he’s an out-and-out centre-forward and that may have an impact on Walcott and Oxlade-Chamberlain getting in the Arsenal team."

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