Arsenal legend Thierry Henry explained on Super Sunday for Sky Sports yesterday, the difference between Alexis Sanchez at Barcelona and Arsenal.
Henry, appearing for Sky as a pundit, praised the Chilean following his big money move from the La Liga giants last summer. He’s bagged 17 goals in all competitions for the Gunners this season and has had a huge impact on their campaign so far.
“The difference is that at Arsenal, he sees more of the ball – At Barcelona, when they win possession, it always goes to Messi – at Arsenal he can get on the ball much more,” said the Frenchman.
Sanchez has great skill and pace in possession, which makes him an obvious threat whether Arsenal are on top and pressing during a game or whether they have nicked the ball back and are looking to counter attack.
He’s also been allowed to have a big impact on games by Arsene Wenger who, according to whoscored.com, has used him in seven different roles so far this season.
That shows variety in terms of how he can get involved and have an impact on big games whether it’s in the Premier League, the Champions League or the domestic cups.
Messi is arguably the greatest player to have ever played the game so Henry’s revelation that most of the play goes through the Argentine at the Nou Camp can hardly come as a surprise.
Sanchez has been allowed to play in central positions at Arsenal, which were dominated by Messi at Barcelona and that’s one of the key differences between his roles at either club.
He’s now much more than just a lightning quick winger, who is trying to have an impact off of the left hand side.