Former Liverpool, Tottenham Hotspur and England midfielder Jamie Redknapp says it’s difficult not to compare Alexis Sanchez with former Liverpool striker Luis Suarez.
Sanchez has been the dominant figure in Arsenal’s attack in recent times, which has led to comparisons with Suarez as the pair have a similar playing style in top flight matches.
Redknapp has even suggested that Sanchez could be even more of a threat through the middle of an attack than the Uruguayan superstar was at Anfield.
“Can you really compare Alexis Sanchez and Luis Suarez? The way the Chilean has started at Arsenal, it’s hard not to,” wrote Redknapp for the Daily Mail.
“They are both such hungry, driven players but where Sanchez has an edge is his speed. He is lightning fast. It will be interesting to see how he develops at Arsenal and where he ends up playing.”
“At Ajax, Suarez played as a wide man in a front three, just like Sanchez at Barcelona. But Sanchez plays through the middle for his country and he could end up being a much more central threat like Suarez was at Liverpool.”
Redknapp has also paid tribute to the way Sanchez finishes in pressure situations, making no mistake when he’s presented with brilliant opportunities to score in and around the opposition’s penalty area.
“I love the way he takes his goals too - he’s not just a flair man, he is brave and gets stuck in. Just look at the header he scored against Hull City. Not bad for someone who’s only 5ft 7in!”
Sanchez initially struggled following his £32 million move from Barcelona last summer, with suggestions that he was trying to do too much too quickly in the Arsenal attack.
However, he now seems to have found a settled role in Arsenal’s frontline and he presents Arsene Wenger with the option of being able to restructure his attack in any game.
If the Gunners win any silverware this season, there’s a good chance that Sanchez will have a lot to do with it.