Arsenal star Alexis Sanchez has given his thoughts on what he sees as the key to Arsenal’s attacking play.
The Chilean has been the key figure in Arsenal’s attack in recent weeks, as the side has struggled to gain points in their fight for the Premier League and Champions League titles.
In an interview with Spanish expert Guillem Balague on Spanish website AS, he has suggested the key for the Gunners heading into a busy winter schedule.
“I know that I still have a lot to improve on and they have let me know what areas need work: to spend less time on the ball, to play more one-touch passes to instigate counter-attacks,” said the midfielder.
“That's vital. I need to continue learning because those quick-passing moves are key in the Premier League and especially at Arsenal.”
Arsenal base the majority of their attacking play around quick pass and move football because that’s the style which most suits the squad that Arsene Wenger has created.
It’s no surprise the Gunners have expressed concern over the amount of time Sanchez spends in possession because of the way he was coached to play at Barcelona.
Barca prefer a heavy, possession based game which is based on them controlling the ball, which means players naturally spend long with the ball at their feet.
Sanchez is learning and improving all the time and he’s proven that he can have a positive effect on Arsenal’s attack.
The difficulty for the Chilean is going to be how he copes when sides get a better grasp of how to keep him out of games tactically.
He needs to be able to reinvent himself routinely while not falling out of sync with the way that Arsenal like to play football with a style they have developed in the Premier League over several seasons.