Why Wenger would be wrong to partner Sanchez and Walcott in attack

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Arsene Wenger should not make Theo Walcott and Alexis Sanchez his strike-force at Arsenal, despite the temptation.

"Watch out Premier League," Theo Walcott tweeted as he edged closer to fitness. "Me and Alexis Sanchez will be a deadly force!!"

Walcott is back playing again now and looking to hit the ground running after a lengthy lay-off with a knee complaint.

The injury has kept him out for the entirety of 2014 so far, but the prospect of seeing him and Sanchez up-front together at the Emirates is a tantalising prospect for Arsenal supporters.

It seems that Walcott himself is also excited by the chance of playing alongside the Chilean, but should they be used in tandem? 

It is easy to suggest that their blistering speed would make a major threat for any side, but the pair are arguably more comfortable playing on the flanks rather than utilised centrally..

The Frenchman himself said that he had thoughts of pairing the two up-front together, but sometimes leaving things to the imagination can be better than the reality of them.

Sanchez plays up-front for the Chilean national side, but his role there is hardly as an out-an-out striker.

The 25-year-old is expected to drop into wide positions, whilst their energetic central midfielders dart into the more central space, in a unique system.

Walcott, meanwhile, has always threatened to become a number nine, but he has never fully been able to take on the role for a sustained period of time. 

To give him that place now would also spell the end for Danny Welbeck, who has been in fine form since signing for the club on deadline day.

Welbeck, at 23 years of age, appears the Gunners player with the most potential to become a genuine 20-goal-a-season striker and dropping him to make room for a untested partnership would be a mistake by Wenger. 

It seems, therefore, that Wenger's best option would be to use the two to drive each-other on to new heights.

Both are clearly talented players and having direct competition of this quality is likely to have a greater impact on their performances that using them on the pitch at the same time. 

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