Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger reportedly dropped Alexis Sanchez for the game against Tottenham Hotspur as the Chilean slows down play, according to reports in Goal.com.
The Chilean international was on the bench for the North London derby at the Emirates on Saturday, with England midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain getting the nod ahead of him.
The report states that Sanchez has been dropped by the manager from the starting XI for Arsenal’s last two Premier League matches for slowing down the team’s well-established passing game. Wenger is concerned about the effect the World Cup star has on the team’s style of play when he plays entire matches.
It further states that the Frenchman and his coaching staff are trying to drill into Sanchez the need to release the ball earlier rather than hang on to it for too long and lose the ball in dangerous areas. The particular area they are working on is when Sanchez receives the ball around the half-way line with his back to goal and is under pressure from the opposition.
Although Sanchez has had an impressive start to life at the Emirates Stadium, there are obvious signs that he is not quite ready to be a key player for Arsenal. His style of play, although attractive, could prove detrimental to the Gunners playing style over the long term.
His pass completion percentage was just 59 percent and compare that to the 92 per cent of Ozil and Santi Cazorla and you realise just how often Sanchez loses the ball compared to his team-mates. He did affect the game in a positive way, as he made a key pass in the lead up to the goal, drawing the defence away before delivering a simple pass.
His high risk, high reward style had a positive effect on the game, but he needs to make more subtle passes, probing the defence before delivering the right pass or taking a shot at the right time. He will come good and all the signs point towards an excellent acquisition. But it will take time and if Sanchez is willing to learn, he could not have a better teacher than Wenger. He will be a great player for Arsenal but first he must become an Arsenal player.
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