Paul Merson: Arsenal ‘very lucky’ to have Alexis Sanchez; predicts Premier League clash v Swansea City

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Paul Merson looks ahead to the Premier League clash between Swansea City and Arsenal at the Liberty Stadium on Sunday.

Paul Merson believes that Arsenal are ‘very lucky’ to have Alexis Sanchez in the squad.

The Chile international forward joined the Gunners from Barcelona in the summer transfer window for a reported fee of £35 million.

Sanchez has been the best player for Arsenal so far this season and has bailed them out on many occasions.

The 25-year-old former Udinese star has scored seven goals and created 21 chances in nine Premier League appearances, while having a pass accuracy of 78% and a shot accuracy of 71%.

Sanchez has been hugely impressive in the Champions League as well, scoring twice and creating six chances in four appearances. He also has a pass accuracy of 81% and a shot accuracy of 40% in Europe’s premier club competition.

The former Barcelona star will once again be key for Arsenal against Swansea City at the Liberty Stadium in the Premier League on Sunday.

Merson, a former Arsenal star, is impressed with the performances of Sanchez, but believes that Arsene Wenger’s side will struggle against the Swans in Wales.

‘This is a hard game for Arsenal, especially after what happened against Anderlecht’, he wrote on Skysports.com.

‘I don’t just blame the back four because defending is done from the front and you have to blame everybody in the team. They are very lucky that they’ve got Alexis Sanchez because he’s been outstanding.

‘They will be in trouble in the Champions League if they don’t win their group, so the priority has to be top four this season. However, I think this will be a hard game for them. I like Wilfried Bony and I think Swansea will cause problems’.

Winning at Swansea will not be easy for Arsenal, especially as the Swans are having a fantastic season and are in contention for a top-six finish.

However, Arsenal do have a better team and will be pumped up to head into the two-week international break on a winning note.

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