Arsenal’s signing of Alexis Sanchez from Barcelona for a reported transfer fee of £30 million has been universally hailed.
The Chile international forward is one of the best players in the world, and his power, pace and skills are certainly going to enhance the Gunners’ chances of winning the Premier League title for the first time since 2004.
However, last month former Arsenal and Manchester United defender Mikael Silvestre claimed that the 25-year-old is not needed at the Emirates Stadium, stating that manager Arsene Wenger should have signed a player more in the ilk of Olivier Giroud.
Sol Campbell, also an ex-Arsenal centre-back, disagrees with the former France international, claiming that Sanchez will prove to be a good signing for the 13-time English champions.
‘Alexis is definitely going to be a good signing’, the former Tottenham Hotspur defender told Goal.com. ‘His dynamics are good, he knows where the goal and he has a fantastic balance’.
Sanchez started his first game for Arsenal against AS Monaco in the Emirates Cup on Sunday and played until the 73rd minute (click here to read more).
The former Udinese star was a constant threat to the Ligue 1 club and gave the Gunners supporters a taste of what’s to come from him this season.
Having played for three years for Barcelona, clinching La Liga and the Copa del Rey once each among other trophies in the process, Sanchez has that ‘winning mentality’ that Arsenal players have often accused of lacking.
Sanchez can play out wide in a three-man attack or as part of a two-man up front system, and even though he is not an out-and-out striker, the 25-year-old scored 19 goals and provided 10 assists in 27 La Liga starts last season.