Arsenal star Sanchez shows £29m Liverpool ace Firmino needs patience not criticism

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Arsenal's Alexis Sanchez has shown he needed time to find form after the Copa America, and Roberto Firmino should be afforded the same luxury.

Alexis Sanchez hit form in style at the weekend, inspiring Arsenal to a 5-2 away win over Leicester City.

He scored a hat-trick in the impressive win, yet his strikes were his very first goals of the season.

The forward has had a slow start to 2015/16, which was widely attributed to his involvement for Chile during the summer's Copa America tournament.

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger was quoted in The Mirror last week expressing that he had rushed the attacker into action too soon.

There was little criticism of Sanchez in the media or among fans, and by the same token equal leniency should be held regarding Liverpool new boy Roberto Firmino.

A fan poll in The Star earlier this month tipped the playmaker to become the 'flop of the season', amassing more than a third of the overall vote.

Yet Firmino too was heavily involved at the Copa America, leading Brazil to the knockout stages, and has had little break before this season began.

He has had a slow start at Liverpool, with manager Brendan Rodgers struggling also to work out his best position.

The new boy is currently sidelined with injury, which could well help give him a vital breather. He is still in his first season in the league and should be given even more leeway before he hits his stride.

Sanchez showed at the weekend that given time, top players will click into action and get it right.

With patience and the right deployment of his manager, once he returns to fitness, Liverpool fans should have confidence Firmino will do the same.

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