Arsenal to give Sanchez another centre forward chance?

Even though he is widely recognised as one of the best attacking options that Arsenal have in our squad, we have rarely seen the Chile international Alexis Sanchez in the key centre forward position. Needs must, of course, so Arsene Wenger felt he had to give him a go through the middle against Liverpool last weekend because of the limited options available.

It is fair to say that it did not work and you could even say that as well as having no cut and thrust through the middle, we also missed the sharpness of Sanchez on the left flank, but it appears that our manager is planning to give the Chilean another chance in the central role away to Leicester City today.

Wenger spoke earlier in the week about not risking all of the latecomers from Euro 2016 and I took that to mean that Olivier Giroud would probably be on the bench, so when the boss used another Arsenal.com report to talk up the qualities of Alexis, comparing him to Barcelona star Luis Suarez and suggesting that he could have a future as a centre forward I got the distinct impression that he would get another chance to prove it today.

Wenger said, “I think it is worth it to try as he has the quality to go behind. Honestly he did not have the most convincing game [against Liverpool] – he is one of them who is not completely ready physically. We did not dominate the game as much as we would have liked in midfield and he suffered a little bit from that as well. But on the flanks he uses a lot of energy by chasing back and I would like to use his energy sometimes a bit more efficiently by going behind the defenders as he is a good finisher. He has played centre forward at Barcelona.

“He has similar qualities [to Suarez] and he has a good timing to run behind the defenders. His run through in the first half [against Liverpool], when Monreal gave him the ball, he was just offside, by a fraction. Let’s see. It is interesting to see how well he copes there. He is technically top.

“With him it is difficult to be careful. Last year sometimes I overplayed him a little bit and he is always looking to stay on the pitch. Maybe I will have to rest him a bit more, yes.”

Will Arsenal start with Sanchez in the middle and if so will it work?

Bob.

Tags Alexis Giroud Wenger

97 Comments

  1. Juhislihis McLovin says:

    Sanchez has been utter s*ite as centre forward.

    But mind as well put him there and Bould in defense and all our positions are covered LOL

    1. Luko Bratzi says:

      He has been utter S,tie playing on the left too. Every team knows he has no left foot so they read his game in running down the left,stops turns to cross or beat player. Is best on right side or deeper in middle. Hope Walcott scores and has good game. Bet he brings on Giroud for Oxy and moves Sanches to left. We need a left sided forward and then we will be a team. CB

      1. Jim A says:

        Agree get Ozil and Giroud in asap.

        1. Luko Bratzi says:

          Told ya Oxy off for Giroud should have been Sanches, he is all hype. CB

  2. Bigvalbowski says:

    Meanwhile Mighty Burnley is putting on a counter attacking clinic against Klopp boys, same group that ran roughshod over our hapless Gunners last week.

    tick..tick..tick..Arsene

    1. Fatboy Gooney says:

      Exactly!
      Burnley 2 Liverpool 0.
      Two shots, Two Goals and you know if Liverpool were playing Arsenal instead they would have been 3 nil up at Half-time.

  3. Wayne Barker says:

    said the other day, klopp is all hype. He is just fooling people with his fake smile. Yes a good.manager but he ain’t in the league of sir Alex or pep or Jose or ancelotti. sad it had to us who had to get thrashed against pool

    1. Fatboy Gooney says:

      I wouldn’t be surprised if the Scouser’s come back to win that game.

      1. Wayne Barker says:

        just don’t see it. Pool look very average. even last week it was just those spell of 15 mind which they took they game away otherwise they are not that good

        1. Fatboy Gooney says:

          You’re right! ? and that was only because wenger sent out Ramsey and iwoba for the second half, knowing that they were injured.

    2. cescyfab4 says:

      It sure look as though Klopp relishes playing against the big boys.

      He has thrashed Man City, Totts, Soton and co since being appointed. But it’s against team who park the bus that he struggles against.

      1. Luko Bratzi says:

        Same as Arsenal but we can’t beat the big teams. CB

  4. Fatboy Gooney says:

    I can’t wait to see Wenger’s starting line up!
    Nothing like a good old laugh, before kick off!

  5. john0711 says:

    Wenger said we are a club that brings through players so why not start Akpom
    Or is that an excuse to not spend

    1. Bigvalbowski says:

      I truly believe Wenger needs a mandated psychological evaluation. Lol He continuously spouts such conflicting nonsense about promoting from within, then a willingness to buy top top players if available, followed buy a refusal to meet the majority of these too top players evaluations.

      I honestly believe he doesn’t have a clue what he’s saying.

      1. john0711 says:

        I’ve said for a while his mental state needs to be questioned, he contradicts himself so much. he stated theres been not much movement this window ????? nearly 900m wow my question is does he has a mental illness or is he lying

        1. Fatboy Gooney says:

          Both

    2. abmalemu says:

      you should know by now that wenger is clueless and against fans and the reality.

  6. Twonk says:

    Yeah yeah yeah…..anything so the silly old fools in the club don’t have to fork out for a striker. It’s pathetic.

    Done anything about our CB problem yet wenger? Nope!

  7. JAmerican says:

    Imagine the headlines if Vardy and/or Mahrez scores.

    1. Twig says:

      It wouldn’t matter if Arsenal wins!

      1. JAmerican says:

        Right on!

    2. Bigvalbowski says:

      You mean when JD? ?

  8. Twig says:

    Today’s lineup looks nice – if only Sanchez wouldn’t run around too much and simply concentrate on putting it into the net 🙁 3-2 to the Arsenal!

    1. Fatboy Gooney says:

      Lazy git lol…

        1. Fatboy Gooney says:

          You normally put the line up … Up! Lol

          1. Twig says:

            Someone has beat me to that this time around 🙂

  9. Fatboy Gooney says:

    Cech
    Bellerin
    Koscielny
    Holding
    Monreal
    Coquelin
    Xhaka
    Cazorla
    Walcott
    Ox
    Sanchez

    1. john0711 says:

      possibly our best line up, replace theo with giroud and thats as good as we will get

      1. Fatboy Gooney says:

        That is the line up! Lol
        Ozil and Giroud on the bench

      2. Twig says:

        Theo and Sanchez have a very good understanding.

  10. JAmerican says:

    On a positive side though, I’m a lot more confident with Cazorla in the starting lineup. Easy to forget he was our playmaker before Özil came to town.

  11. john0711 says:

    Batshuayi scored today, IMO he would have been ideal for us

    1. Bigvalbowski says:

      2 in 2 for the Belgian

      IBRA doing what well IBRA dies

      Lacazette scoring for fun in Ligue 1….Again

      Meanwhile @ the Emirates…….

  12. rkw says:

    dont get ozil on the bench … his euros finished 7 weeks ago … or is it just another excuse to give walcott a chance to demonstrate his mediocrity … anyway a better team than last weekend but still vulnerable to pace of their attacking options

  13. gunnerman8701 says:

    I hope Ian wrong but Leicester might just win this.

  14. muffdiver says:

    COME ON ARSENAL!!

    WINNNNNN

    COYG

  15. Arsenal_Girl says:

    Arsenal v United

    GK:
    TIE:
    CECH is arguably better but both are WC

    Defense:
    UNITED
    If we get Mustafi then ARSENAL
    Bellerin…Koscielny…Mustafi…Monreal would be a very strong defense

    DM and B2B
    UNITED:
    Pogba, Schneiderlin, Fellaini, Herrera, Schweinsteiger are a bit better than Coquelin, Xhaka, Cazorla, Wilshere and Ramsey

    CAM
    ARSENAL
    Ozil is better than Mata

    Forwards
    UNITED
    Ibrahimovich, Rooney, Martial> Giroud, Theo, Alexis

    Bench: UNITED
    Mktiharyan, Rashford, Depay, Herrera, Schneiderlin etc

    Winners: UNITED

    1. Gooner Craig says:

      UTD defence and midfield better than ours?? LOL I know you’re not impressed with our inactivity during the window but be serious man!
      Our RB/LB options are better,
      Our CB options are better,
      Our CM, DM, AM are all better. We don’t need Pogba, what does he do to warrant even half his price tag?
      Only their strike force is better and that’s only on paper!
      If we bring in say Lacazette for example, I’ll say we’re better up top as well.

      Just my opinion bro. COYG

  16. Onochie says:

    Don’t get your hopes high,Arsenal Holding plc may or may not win this game.

  17. Ugabooga says:

    Falling asleep watching this bore fest

  18. Ugabooga says:

    Who exactly are we crossing to in the air?

    Then
    Ox
    Sanchez

    ? lol

    1. RSH says:

      who knows. If Koscielny is fit, how come Giroud isn’t playing? Why put crosses in the air against Huth and Morgan? Never going to win.

      1. Ugabooga says:

        Exactly we just wasting ball. But hey I’m not a professional footballer or manager so what do I know.

  19. Ugabooga says:

    Lol Vardy, so he kicks us in head and trips us and just gets spoken to.

    But coq doesn’t touch him and he gets yellow

  20. rkw says:

    wlacott … really 140 grand a week … some people are born on their feet

    1. Bigvalbowski says:

      $75M to clear Ramsey, Theo and Wilshere off the wage bill

      Lacazette and Mustafi?

  21. Ugabooga says:

    Cazorla loves those set pieces

  22. rkw says:

    just dont have enough attacking options … ox is doing well but walcott a waste

  23. A big club like arsenal is playing without a striker….

    1. Ugabooga says:

      Big club????????

      Madrid, Barcelona, Bayern, City, United those are big clubs

      We just above average

    2. Bigvalbowski says:

      Wannabe big club is more like it

  24. Ugabooga says:

    half time bring on OG, this ain’t suiting Walcott

  25. Ugabooga says:

    I like the kit btw

  26. Ugabooga says:

    Foul on chech tbh

    If game opens like this, bring on Ozil n jack

  27. ras911 says:

    Welp Clattenburg become a friend? We barely escaped a penalty

    1. RSH says:

      It looked like Kos got a touch though.

  28. Bigvalbowski says:

    Impressed with Xhaka and Holding

    Theo is just painful

  29. RSH says:

    uneventful half. Probably a good thing. Theo is useless this game, so is Sanchez in the middle. If anything Sanchez should be on wings so he gets the ball more at least.

  30. top ten if we are lucky don’t no how to break down a defene

  31. Krish says:

    the hate on theo is ridiculous.. he isn’t a playmaking winger.. we all know his strenghts.. he is the one who crosses those 1-2 balls which get converted to goals or runs on to those dangerous chances.. if you expect him to be flashy like ox you are looking at the wrong side of the field.. just watch ox 😉

    1. Bigvalbowski says:

      $140K a week to disappear is the issue most Arsenal fans have with Theo

    2. Bigvalbowski says:

      Sanchez is a heck of a player but for Christ sake pass the freaking ball. Sooooooo many times he destroys promising counters by refusing to release the ball.

  32. gunnerman8701 says:

    Loving Xhaka. Holding also doing well but still got a lot to learn. Why can’t we splash some cash and get a proper striker. Sanchez is a very good player but too short for the the system we play. Should we play a quick counter attaché game, Walcott and Ox on the side, with Sanchez upfront, could work. However, we play to walk the ball into the net. No decent strikes from outside the box. Ox tried but should do it more often to perfect the technique.

  33. JAmerican says:

    Only a matter of time before Coquelin sees red again. I understand his passion but sometimes he’s just flat out reckless.

    1. Budd says:

      At least he’s not coward like Elneny was last week after Liverpool second goal.

      1. JAmerican says:

        Like I said I like his passion but again clattenburg could have just sent him off.

  34. gunnerman8701 says:

    Arsenal always losing momentum in second half. Leicester looks set to get a goal.

  35. rkw says:

    Jesus … For a manager who knows what attacking options are all about

  36. rkw says:

    When are people going to realise walcott is not only a fraud but he has stopped the delusional one strengthening the attack for 5 years inc by getting griezman

  37. sam-afc says:

    I’m worried now. We look lost of ideas. Monreal gets in the final third then doesn’t know what to do. Walcott has zero ball control. What the hell has Alexis been doing up front?? It’s all so wrong

  38. Jan says:

    OMFG
    What the bunch of poor and clueless players….

  39. ras911 says:

    Why not Wilshere for le Coq and Xhakha drops back?

    1. sam-afc says:

      That’s Wenger for you

  40. Budd says:

    I don’t understand. Why is Wenger not getting Coq out? Seriously! Why? He’s changing Xhaka instead.

  41. RSH says:

    this is such a terrible game.

  42. dwon says:

    Ozil looks like he’s bulked up a bit. He’s making an impact on the field too.

  43. rkw says:

    That’s rigjt leave the whippet on he’s been stellar ….

  44. Jan says:

    SUB :
    Ox off.
    Great game Ox another man of the match performance!!
    Well done this is your decade…

    1. Jan says:

      Playing in Chine I hope…together with Walcott…and Monreal…F T

      1. mkgooner says:

        Monreal is great. Him and Bellerin are *gulp* missing giroud. Most of their crosses and assists are for him. Walcott and Sanchez cant header

    2. RSH says:

      that a joke? it was more useless dribbling, no end product. Same nonsense he’s been doing for several years.

      1. Jan says:

        Yeah it was a joke mate!

  45. Arsenalxever says:

    This team is a reflection of their Manager CLUELESS…..we are regressing not fun to watch this team anymore

  46. ras911 says:

    JESUS CHIRST SHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOTTTTTTTTTTT

  47. rkw says:

    But a ffing striker u fraud of a manager!!!

  48. ras911 says:

    how are our players inside the box yet try to look for passes????????

  49. gunnerman8701 says:

    Walcott is just useless!! How does Wenger keep paying for mediocrity?

  50. RSH says:

    i dont even get mad when Walcott fails in front of goal. I just laugh. It’s a long ongoing joke at this point. Whole team is

  51. gunnerman8701 says:

    Stupid manager and useless team. Leicester please convert the free kick.

  52. No striker
    No goal
    No trophy

  53. Ronny331 says:

    Could have won but most likely to lose, a very good away point considering wenger delaying returns of key players and injuries. Now buy some bloody players!

  54. Arsenalxever says:

    GAME…………………..GOALESS

    WENGER………………CLUELESS

  55. gmv8 says:

    We were made to look distinctly average, especially after Cazorla came off.

    We were lucky to come out with a point we should’ve conceded the penalty. We had plenty of chances to score, but if the manager refuses to bring in a striker, which is the way Arsenal have always worked in the past, we don’t stand much chance. Was looking at Zlatan last night, and we could’ve easily recruited him, and he seems to be more of a cohesive than destructive force, as people were saying. He would’ve been ideal with both aerial and shooting ability. But Wenger never makes a mistake, so after letting him slip through his hands, he was unlikely to go back on that.

    Wenger says he will only spend money on quality, yet we, the fans have to spend money on c;@p.

  56. sam-afc says:

    Without Koscielny we would’ve lost.

  57. gunnerman8701 says:

    I really don’t blame AFC, the blame shou be on the fans stupid enough to to renew season tickets and also buy Arsenal

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