The Gunners wrapped up a deal for the Chile international earlier this month and the striker has reportedly turned down a switch to Liverpool in favour of moving to Emirates Stadium.
Pires is adamant that Sanchez will be a catalyst for the Gunners in their quest for silverware in the 2014/15 campaign.
According to Daily Star, he said:
His preference for Arsenal is a big gesture for the Arsenal family.
I’m very happy because the Arsenal board have signed a world-class star.
I am sure Alexis will help to win titles. He played pretty well in the World Cup.
I like his offensive skills and I believe he will fit very well to the system that Arsène Wenger has in mind.
I am sure Arsenal will win a title this season and hopefully it will be the Champions League.
Sanchez possesses a low centre of gravity and quick change of pace as well as a tenacious edge, making him tailor-made for the demands of the English game. He would add another scoring presence to a side loaded with creative play-makers, but he also brings versatility, something Wenger loves in his players.
He can play on both wings, as well as a centre-forward, giving the Gunners more flexibility in how they line up. He is a goalscorer, a creator and quite capable of the spectacular. His directness, trickery and pace fills an area that has been greatly lacking in the Arsenal ranks for quite some time.
The Chilean’s presence could also help take Mesut Ozil’s game to another level. The German playmaker showed flashes of brilliance last year but was plagued by inconsistency and looked fatigued at times. With another proven scorer added to the equation, the German should be able to find a more consistent game. Furthermore, Sanchez’s pace and dribbling ability could open even more space for the reigning World Cup champion to exploit.
The signing of Ozil last season has raised the standards of Arsenal and Alexis only enforces that. With his signing the Gunners have an attack to rival the division’s best and it could be an interesting season in North London, with an excellent chance of adding some much needed trophies to their cabinet.
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