In the pursuit for the premier league title that has eluded the emirates stadium since Arsenal FC made it their official stadium, Arsene Wenger has made a move for want away Barcelona forward Alexis Sanchez. Much like his move for Ozil last season, this transfer could just be another stroke of genius from the longest serving manager (still managing) in the premier league.
Arsenal face an uphill battle against Manchester city, Chelsea, Manchester United, Liverpool and Tottenham in their bid to win the league title and secure a top four finish. And Alexis Sanchez might just be the player to take the Gunners from being a perennial top four team to genuine title contenders
While the Chilean struggled to fit into Barcelona’s tiki taka system he would have no problems fitting into Arsenals style because while Arsenal also like to pass the ball around, the North London club move the ball at a much faster pace than at Barcelona. And this system will fit perfectly for both the club and the player as Alexis Sanchez likes to move around and pop up in those spaces in and around the eighteen yard box and he will always provide a free man for the midfielders to pass the ball to. This keeps the opposing central defender occupied and creates space for his strike partner Giroud to operate in. Arsenal is a team with pacey players that can hurt their opponents on the counter. But more often than not they don’t have the man that can hold the ball and take on defenders to put them at a numerical advantage. Sanchez is that man, his dribbling ability is not news to anybody that watches the La liga and we have seen just how effective he can be for counter attacking teams with his displays at the world cup. Sanchez can also pick up intelligent positions that will see England finally see the beauty of Mesut Ozil’s passing. The former Udinese man is not prolific in the air but that is not a problem, Arsenal rarely cross the ball anyway, their wingers play as inside forwards looking to drive into the box and play square balls into the strikers and Alexis Sanchez can function as an inside forward or center forward and when Arsenal do cross the ball, Giroud will be there to punish teams. Sanchez physicality is toe to toe with any player in the world so unlike Giroud, Chamak and Bendtner, Alexis will not be bullied off the ball by the likes of Agger and Kompany. The Chilean can also pass the ball very well; do you know how wonderful it is to have a center forward who can pass the ball? Let me explain: When the center forward has the ball, the central defender is usually pulled out of position to try and close the forward down leaving the defense exposed if the forward has a midfield or wide teammate who can drive into that space and finish when he gets the opportunity like Walcott or Carzola, then the striker can simply lay a pass onto the path of the midfielder and bam! Goal. Sanchez can also hold the ball, draw the foul and win free kicks and we all know how important dead balls are in the premier league especially when you have Koscielny and Mertesacker in your team. And the coup de grace, he can finish. Sanchez can do what Giroud failed to do all too often last season, round off a team move, and he is excellent at half chances and taking on defender and goal keeper challenges too. Alexis Sanchez combines Walcott’s pace with Chamberlains skill and Podolski’s directness to Giroud’s positioning to go with the natural instinct of a striker. The Barca forward is just who Arsenal need and if Wenger can complete this deal it could just take Arsenal to the next level