Ex-Arsenal defender: 'Signing Alexis Sanchez was a mistake!'

Mikael Silvestre

Former Arsenal defender Mikael Silvestre has blasted the club's signing of Chilean forward Alexis Sanchez.

Arsenal won their first trophy in almost nine years back in May, defeating Hull City 3-2 at Wembley to win the FA Cup final. Since then, manager Arsene Wenger has tried to keep the positive vibe around the club going, snapping up four new players ahead of the 2014/15 Premier League season.

Nice goalkeeper David Ospina and right backs Mathieu Debuchy (Newcastle United) and Calum Chambers have arrived to solidify the defence, but the big signing of the summer was Barcelona forward Sanchez. The Chilean international, 25, completed a huge £32m move earlier this month, arriving as the Gunners' marquee signing of the summer - less than a year after Mesut Ozil signed from Real Madrid.

Yet whilst fans are lauding the capture of the former Udinese star as the transfer that could give Arsenal a chance at the Premier League title this season, former Gunners defender Silvestre is less than impressed. The Frenchman, who joined from Manchester United in 2008, says that Arsenal have too many players of a similar mould to Sanchez.

"Arsenal have already got that type of player - quick, sharp, fast - they have enough of them already in Theo Walcott, Aaron Ramsey, Mesut Ozil and Santi Cazorla," Silvestre said. "What they really need is someone like Olivier Giroud, I think that should be their priority at the moment. Sanchez could have gone anywhere after his tremendous World Cup but I do not think he is the type of player the club need right now."

It was something of a surprise to see Arsenal sign Sanchez rather than a natural centre forward, but Walcott's injury last season left Arsenal with a lack of speed out wide. Cazorla, Ramsey and Ozil don't possess that blistering pace that Walcott and now Sanchez do, and his ability to play in a number of positions in attack makes him a versatile signing - and one which will make Arsenal better than last season, contrary to Silvestre's belief. 

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