Arsene Wenger believes Alexis Sanchez can become Luis Suarez for Arsenal if he regularly plays in the striker position.
Arsenal continue to struggle upfront, as witnessed at the King Power Stadium on Sunday against Leicester City. A goalless draw means Gunners have earned only a single point from the two games played in the season so far.
Wenger started Sanchez as the lone man upfront but the Chile international was nothing more than a presence. Out of the total 13 shots by Arsenal, the striker managed only two in the entire match, none of which were on target.
Olivier Giroud and Mesut Ozil were brought on in the last 20 minutes of the match to inject some life into the side. While the arrival of the German midfielder did create an impact and developed more urgency in Arsenal’s playing style, no goals eventuated.
Despite limitations and lack of choices upfront, Arsene Wenger seems adamant on continuing to use Sanchez as a striker. According to ESPN, Wenger said, “I think it is worth to try as he has the quality to go behind.”
“On the flanks he uses a lot of energy by chasing back and I would like to use his energy sometimes a bit more efficiently by going behind the defenders as he is a good finisher. He has played centre-forward at Barcelona.”
The 27-year-old primarily played as a winger for the Gunners last season, but Wenger hopes he can make Sanchez similar to Luis Suarez and Sergio Aguero.
“He has similar qualities. And he has a good timing to run behind the defenders,” added the Arsenal manager. “Let’s see. It is interesting to see how well he copes with that.”
The Frenchman also has the option to play Theo Walcott and Olivier Giroud, however neither are of title-winning quality.
Although Sanchez was Arsenal’s top scorer in the first half of last season until he was side-lined due to injury, Wenger needs to contemplate adding another striker to the squad. Injured Danny Welbeck is not expected to return until Christmas which means the Gunners are too heavily dependent on Walcott, Giroud and Sanchez for the first half of the season.