Posted on August 25, 2017 by ADMIN

Former Gunner adamant that Alexis MUST play v Liverpool

Paul Merson has insisted that Alexis Sanchez simply must play for Arsenal against Liverpool this weekend.

The forward is expected to depart the UK to join up with his Chile international squad shortly after Sunday’s crunch tie at Anfield, and surely if he is fit enough for his country, he should be fit enough for us. Alexis will obviously want match fitness ahead of the World Cup qualifiers with his country and we want to win the game! It is worth mentioning that BetOTG.com are pretty good at giving money-making tips for World Cup games, and they are much more likely to tip Chile if Sanchez is fit and well.

There is talk that the recent call-up of Alexis to the Chile squad could interfere with any proposed move away from the club, but apart from that, Paul Merson insists that the superstar simply must play.

“If he’s fit and ready to play, you have to play him,” Merson said.

“They got dismantled by Liverpool at home (last August) – they let in four with Laurent Koscielny sat in stands and he wasn’t ready to play – he had been playing for France.

“Does Sanchez go to Chile after the game to play a double header?

“If he’s doing that, you’ve got to play him.

“They can’t afford to lose this game and he’s their best player by a country mile.”

Liverpool and Arsenal finished only one point apart last season, and that single point was the difference between Champions League football and Europa League this term. We simply cannot afford to let the Reds win this game, and have to field our strongest possible line-up to try and steal all three points from Anfield.

We suffered an early blow last weekend when losing 1-0 to Stoke City, and can’t afford to be collecting only one win every three games, or we will end up in the bottom half of the table, but obviously that is not a statistic which will carry on.

I’m itching to see Alexis Sanchez and Alexandre Lacazette get their relationship off to a flyer, and this could be the perfect game for them to showcase just how special a partnership they could form.

Will Alexis play this weekend? Can we afford to lose and still challenge for the title/top four?

Pat J

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18 thoughts on “Former Gunner adamant that Alexis MUST play v Liverpool

  1. Sam 111

    Please don’t suggest Nelson should replace Ox, at least not at wing back. How many youngsters have we seen be ruined by playing out of position, at the moment i’m thinking of Maitland Niles, and even the Ox himself. He should replace Walcott, Welbeck or Perez in the squad

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  2. Vish

    Alexis has to start against Liverpool, I went on fanzone stating we will win 2-3 thanks to our wrecking ball Sanchez.
    With Alexis up top with Lacazette and Ozil to feed them killer passes I’m sure we can take Liverpool apart . Question is will our defence be able to repel their attack .

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  3. Durand

    Hope sanchez plays the full 90. We need his work rate and finishing for sure.
    OT. Love to see Reiss in the squad and drop theo, he could be like a new signing. At least welbeck tracks back and works his socks off, theo meanwhile is allergic to defending seemingly.

    Lacazette and Sanchez give us fighting chance at least, unless we go with multiple fullbacks impersonating CB’s again.

    Hope The Arsenal win, but not confident enough to bet any of my money on that result.

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  4. Uzi Ozil

    Hopefully, we won’t have Monreal and Sead together at the back three…..

    Please Arsene.

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  5. jon fox

    Merson has the common sense and ability to see the problems and state them clearly and strongly. I would be happy to have him instead of Wenger. But then I would also prefer my cat to Wenger as manager. Probably even Donald Trump too. ANYONE but Wenger!

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    1. JJPawn

      …then you cannot be an Arsenal fan. (Trump would not hire Ozil, Mustafi, Sead, Elneny…Xhaka.)

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  6. JW Holmes

    I think we need to have Alexis and also Laca firing on all cylinders to have a chance to win this game. Unfortunately, since Leicester put 3 past the defense, I would not be surprised if Liverpool put 3 past this defense with their firepower. This defense has not looked reassuring as of yet. so Arsenal need to score a lot of goals to win.

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  7. mikki

    Is not a matter of whether he plays or not I am just scared of the way things are going in arsenal fc,ox turn down 180k a week,Sanchez not in the right frame of mind to play and we are not active in the Transfer market,I have to be sincere I am scared cos I don’t know where we are heading…..

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  8. Mogunna

    If they play as done Wednesday in CL qualifier, we are in serious dirt; their speed, passing are devastating Of course Sanchez might play Liverpool, doesn’t mean he is staying; he will be in better shape for his country two games…In that case he will take a direct flight back to team buying while out in country’s duty… I”m a true gooner but realistic, honest; from what u saw that night, Liverpool has most pleasant game in EPL and Europe’s Top 3 to 5. Their targets are CL and EPL title for this year. I know many will be mad to read this; name 5 teams with such a football in Europe, again, pace & pass just outa here! If we strugle with teams we played, i be lying to say we win this…In anfield too? Check that wednesday game, you ‘ll see fire i saw, ball players, ambition; all there…

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  9. Osujinho

    One thing for sure, come Sept 31…….there will be an Arsenal FC! Players come and go, but the club will always be there!

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  10. identity

    Arsenal will win the game against Liverpool, just relax and enjoy the game on Sunday.

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  11. Henry Nwachukwu

    Ospina should come in for Cech for a change. Cech has conceded lots of goals in Arsenal shirt against Liverpool

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  12. Oboms Jackreece

    Arsenal shouldn’t play 3 at the back against Liverpool. Simple!

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  13. Gily

    I love Wenger. But one thing he does that angers me so much is playing people in the wrong wings. Players improve by being consistent on their best wings, not being all over the place.

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