Alexis Sanchez has been electric since joining the club, but his form has been far better at the Emirates than away from home.
Arsene Wenger has backed his star man to succeed when we face Manchester City at the Etihad however, and claims it was the lack of service that was the problem, as reported by Goal.
The Chilean has been one of the league’s standout performers this season, scoring 12 goals and notching up a further seven assists; usually from a wide position. He has scored in just one away game so far however, bagging both goals in the 2-0 win over Sunderland at the Stadium of Light.
“Yes, it’s true that at Chelsea and Liverpool he wasn’t at his best,” Wenger said.
“But he has some good away games too.
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“It’s maybe because the team has not been as effective away from home, because when you are a striker you depend a little bit on how much your team pushes forward.
“As a team we didn’t play as well as we would like and it was difficult for the strikers to get good balls. We played with Alexis, [Olivier] Giroud and [Danny] Welbeck and they didn’t have the ball they need and maybe they weren’t at their best at the time.”
The 26-year-old is certainly a difference maker, and the result of Sunday’s game against City could end up being decided by slim margins.
We will not only need the former Barcelona star to be at his best though, we will need a fantastic team performance from everyone involved if we are to have any hope of getting a result.