I know we all hate “if only”s but I can’t help but think that Arsene Wenger must be regretting that he didn’t play Alexis Sanchez as Arsenal’s centre-forward until this season, or in fact since the first day he arrived at the club, rather than having him stationed on the wing.
The Chilean is now totally relaxed in the role and his hat-trick only proved the point. Wenger now admits that this is obviously his best position. “He has all the ingredients that you want for a centre forward,” Le Prof said on Arsenal.com. “We all would love his qualities to play there. And I think as well, now, he is convinced that it’s his best position and in every game he has that as well.
“He maintains that focus and will always kill you when he can. He can always deliver something special because he can dribble, has a short backlift, and he has pace. So that’s why it’s interesting.”
It may be interesting to Wenger now, but for the last two years Arsenal fans have been screaming at the boss to invest in a top-class striker, especially when Olivier Giroud was going through one of his drought periods. But all the time we had a brilliant striker in the squad the whole time!
If Wenger had’ve actually realised this fact earlier then maybe we wouldn’t have dropped so far behind Leicester last season. Instead Le Prof gave Theo Walcott a chance as Number Nine, and we all know how that worked out!
Oh Wenger. If only. If only!