If he is fit, and his inclusion in the Arsenal squad for the Champions League second leg against Besiktas suggests that he is, I think our young French striker Yaya Sanogo should start as the Arsenal centre forward for the away game against Leicester City tomorrow. The way Sanchez plays up front is more suited to home games than away and we need to start well and get all three points.
Look, as Arsene Wenger would say, I know that Alexis was much better against the Turks than he was at Everton and I know that his first goal for the Gunners will have really helped his confidence. I just think that tactically, it could be the right thing to move him back out wide and bring the 21-year old hero of the Emirates Cup back into the fray. Just ask Andrea Pirlo.
As Wenger outlined in his pre-match press conference reported by Arsenal.com, Leicester are no mugs and have put in two strong performances against Everton and Chelsea so far in the Premier League. They are strong and tight defensively and they use their full backs to counter attack with great effect. Having Sanogo in the middle gives us a physical presence and some useful hold up play, while having Alexis on the flanks adds pace to that attack.
It also gives us more speed and determination to help defending against those counter attacks. The Ox does the same and I would not mind seeing them both play, perhaps with the Chilean on the left where he can cut in and shoot with his right foot as he did quite a lot with Barcelona.
Plus, we do not want Sanogo to lose the confidence from those four goals against Benfica and they were nearly a month ago now. Do you think Arsenal should start with Sanogo on Sunday.