Alexis Sanchez should only play up front for Arsenal as a last resort, according to Stan Collymore, who also feels the Gunners will not be crowned champions this season.
Sanchez has flourished in a central role for Arsene Wenger’s side this season, scoring eight goals already while his switch in position has also been crediting with bringing out the best in Theo Walcott.
The Gunners are riding high both in Europe and in the Premier League after a superb run of 14 games without defeat but Collymore believes they are lacking a proper goalscorer.
“As expected, they [Arsenal] can beat virtually any team, anywhere bar the very best in Europe on their day,” he told Boyle Sports.
“But I still feel that the lack of a top quality finisher will hurt them. Sanchez is a great player but really should be a last resort to play up top.
“Positives are Mustafi who has settled into the league very well indeed alongside Koscielny. That department is certainly better than in recent years.”
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Collymore was also critical of Arsenal’s recent 0-0 draw with Middlesbrough, and in particular the performance of Mesut Ozil.
“Negatives are games like Boro at home where, when the team were mentally and physically tired, I expected Ozil to be the difference, to be the ruthless operator, the world class talent to drag his side over the line,” he added.
“Maybe that’s a team job but I still see Arsenal coming up short when it comes to the title.”
Sanchez’s role as a striker has been the subject of much debate but the Gunners have certainly not lacked for goals this season, only Manchester City and Liverpool have outscored them in the Premier League.
The Chile international is also the club’s joint top scorer although the return to form and fitness of Olivier Giroud could bring changes to the team with Wenger having hinted the Frenchman has played himself back into contention following his double against Sunderland.