Arsene Wenger has revealed that Alexis Sanchez prefers to play out wide for Arsenal rather than as the central striker.
The Chile international has largely played up front this season after switching from the wing and has enjoyed great success scoring 22 goals in all competitions.
His performances this season have seen him nominated for the PFA Players’ Player of the Year award but Wenger believes he’d rather be out wide.
“He played for a while centre-forward and has the focus needed to score. He plays with an aggressive attitude,” he said via Sky Sports.
“Fortunately, he’s a player who likes to touch the ball a lot.
“He prefers to play wide than up front. He can get more of the ball. He has to keep the balance between providing and goalscoring.”
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Wenger also refused to confirm recent reports that the club have offered Sanchez a new deal worth £300,000-per-week.
“I cannot confirm we have offered that,” he added. “Secondly, we will do as always and consider our financial potential and pay the whole squad.”
While Sanchez has been in superb form up front this season, his shift in position has seen Olivier Giroud and Lucas Perez struggle for game time with Perez believed to be frustrated with the situation and ready to leave this summer.
Arsenal, meanwhile, look to be determined to keep hold of Sanchez, if reports of the huge contract offer are true, and will be hoping an extension can be agreed as soon as possible.