Arsene Wenger is reportedly worried about technical flaws in summer signing Alexis Sanchez.
Goal.com claims Arsene Wenger has current doubts over Alexis Sanchez’s ability to fit into his philosophy at Arsenal.
The big money summer signing from Barcelona has been benched for Arsenal’s last two Premier League games with Goal claiming it’s because he lingers on the ball too frequently.
“The Gunners boss believes the Chilean slows down his team’s passing game by lingering on the ball and preferred Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain against Aston Villa and Tottenham,” leads Goal’s report.
“Goal has learned that Sanchez has been dropped by the manager from the starting XI for Arsenal's last two Premier League matches for slowing down the team's well-established passing game.”
The idea that Sanchez lingers in possession can be explained by the style of the team he’s just joined Arsenal from.
Barcelona are a side heavily built around possession play, which stretches back to how they’ve played for a number of years.
Barca stars are used to having time on the ball and time in possession because the majority of sides are petrified to press them and leave gaps which can exploited by their talented midfield and attacking players.
It’s important to remember that Sanchez has only just started life in English football which is higher paced and generally a higher quality standard across the division.
Arsenal’s fast and slick pass and move football is paramount to the way they play because sides are generally keener and more aggressive to press and hunt the ball down as they try to win possession back again.
“Wenger is concerned at the effect the World Cup star has on the team's style of play when he plays entire matches.”
“The Frenchman and his coaching staff are trying to drill into Sanchez the need to release the ball earlier rather than hang on to it for too long and lose the ball in dangerous areas.”
Sanchez showed ability to adapt to the way Barcelona played and he’ll show that same ability at Arsenal, it’s just a case of how long it takes.