Legendary Gunner Frank McLintock has praised our current side, and claims Alexis Sanchez could perhaps already be counted among the Arsenal greats, as reported by the Daily Mail.
Our form as of late has been nothing short of exceptional, and we are arguably the best team in the Premier League at the moment. This was not the case at the start of the season however, and we were lucky to get the very best out of our sensational summer signing in order to keep us competitive.
Sanchez has certainly tailed off a bit in the second half of the season, but he has still been one of the standout performers this campaign.
The Chilean has scored 20 goals in all competitions, and his work-rate – both offensively and defensively – is absolutely immense.
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McLintock was a Highbury hero in the 1960s and 70s, and is still well respected in the community. We have witnessed a number of fantastic Arsenal teams over the years, but the former defender claims Sanchez would arguably make it into any of them.
McLintock is quoted by the Daily Mail as saying: “I heard it said recently how many of the Arsenal side would get into past Arsenal sides?
“They said probably Sanchez and that’s not too far away. Two or three others would come close.”
He had plenty of good things to say about the current crop of Arsenal stars, but also pointed out that he felt they were underperforming.
The retired star believes we shouldn’t be settling for the top four, and insists that we should be setting our sights on Premier League and Champions League glory.
“I think we have to be a bit better than we are. But they’re doing well, I’m happy they’re doing well – it’s a good sign,” he continued.
“I don’t want to see Arsenal talking about getting top four, I can’t believe they’re setting their standards that low.
“They should be talking about wanting to win the championship and winning our first European Cup.
“I don’t want to see us talking as though getting fourth place is good enough, we should be aiming our sights much higher.”
Sanchez has unquestionably been fantastic this season, but there have been a number of other players playing some of the best football of their careers – especially since 2015 began. Olivier Giroud, Francis Coquelin, and Mesut Özil in particular have certainly raised the bar somewhat, and these three are a large part of the reason our form has been so good.
What do you think Gooners? How many of the current Arsenal generation would make it into the top teams of the past?