Mikel Arteta explains what Alexis Sanchez and Danny Welbeck have brought to Arsenal

Mikel Arteta

Mikel Arteta underlines the qualities that former Barcelona star Alexis Sanchez and ex-Manchester United striker Danny Welbeck have brought to the Arsenal team.

Arsenal captain Mikel Arteta has been singing the praises of his teammates Alexis Sanchez and Danny Welbeck.

Both Sanchez and Welbeck moved to the Gunners in the summer transfer window and has been first-team regulars so far this season.

While Chile international forward Sanchez joined Arsenal from Barcelona for a reported transfer fee of £35 million, England star Welbeck switched to the North London club from Manchester United for £16m.

Midfielder Arteta has now underlined the qualities that the duo have brought to the team.

“They bring speed, imagination, work ethic, fear in the opposition - which is important as well - and experience,” the Spaniard told the Champions Magazine. “Both of them have been playing at the highest level with their teams and national teams for a long time.”

Sanchez has been the best player for Arsenal so far this season and has often been the man to carry the team on his own in matches.

In 10 Premier League appearances, the 25-year-old has scored eight goals and created 23 chances, while having a pass accuracy of 77% and a shot accuracy of 73%.

Sanchez has been crucial for Arsenal in the Champions League as well, scoring twice and creating six chances in four matches, while having a pass accuracy of 81% and a shot accuracy of 40%.

On the other hand, Welbeck has not been very prolific. The 23-year-old has scored just two goals and created 14 chances in eight Premier League matches, but in the Champions League he has found the target three times (a hat-trick against Galatasaray) in four appearances.

Arsenal are currently sixth in the Premier League table with 17 points from 11 matches. The Gunners will take on United at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday.

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