Chile boss reveals Alexis Sanchez role – Should Wenger take note?

Arsenal star Alexis Sanchez starred for Chile on Friday night.

Arsenal star Alexis Sanchez was instrumental on Friday night as his national side Chile downed fellow South Americans Peru 3-0 in an entertaining clash.

The former Barcelona man linked up with Queens Park Rangers striker Eduardo Vargas top open the scoring for the hosts, lofting a beautifully weighted pass.

It was the sort of assist which the Gunners’ summer signing has managed on numerous occasions for the national team, yet one which has rarely been seen in the Premier League to date.

Chile play an adventurous style which allows their fullbacks to get forward, making the pitch as wide as possible and giving Alexis the room to influence the game in his preferred central position.

When asked how he gets the best out of his player, the national team boss Jorge Sampaoli was quoted by the Spanish publication AS, saying:

“Alexis Sanchez is a vertical forward who also defends and assists our flying fullbacks who appear in the opposition’s area.”

With boss Arsene Wenger also adopting an approach which allows Kieron Gibbs and Mathieu Debuchy or Calum Chambers to get forward, then perhaps Sanchez could play a similar role in North London.

The biggest problem the Gunners boss encounters, however, is that playing the Chilean in a permanent central position will mean fellow star Mesut Ozil continues to play a less effective out wide.

The German international currently faces a spell on the side-lines with injury, hindering his progress at the Emirates and not giving him the opportunity to reach the form he is capable of.

His absence, on the other hand, could be the green light for the 25-year-old Sanchez to stake his claim behind striker Welbeck in the number 10 role and prove to Wenger why he is the best in North London for that role.

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