Arsenal boss says he needed another player with real pace.
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is so far undecided whether to play Alexis Sanchez as a striker or winger, but is clear on the main attribute he brings to the team.
The Frenchman is relying on Sanchez's pace causing real problems for opposition defences, and says he will play him up front and out wide to look at where he fits best.
He told The Guardian: "At the moment, I want to see him in both positions, to see him,”
“But I took him because he is a player who has the qualities of Walcott – he goes behind the defenders off the ball. With the quality of his runs, he can be very important for us.
"I love pace and when we lost Walcott, we suffered a little bit on that front."
Walcott himself is excited to play with the Chilean, and the Gunners will have dual pronged threat with real pace leading their attack.
The pair more than make up for Olivier Giroud's lack of speed, and Wenger's big choice will be whether to leave the Frenchman out at times altogether to play Sanchez up top.
This may factor in opposition, and alternate options, but what is clear is that Arsenal now have choices, and won't be so singularly dependent on Walcott's capability to stretch opposition defences.