By Tony Hughes
Alexis Sanchez scored two goals for Arsenal in their 4-1 win against Sunderland on Saturday, but Michael Owen doesn’t think he should remain as their attacking spearhead.
Olivier Giroud came back from injury to score twice with his first two touches, and Owen believes that Sanchez would be better off out wide with a more traditional striker up front.
The former Liverpool and Man United striker thinks that Sanchez is doing well up front for the Gunners because he’s an exceptional talent, not because that’s where he should play.
He outlined his theory across two tweets on his personal Twitter account after the game on Saturday.
If the tweets have given Olivier Giroud hope in his quest for a regular starting place in Wenger’s first team, it’s not all good news for the France international.
Owen doesn’t name Giroud specifically, but instead says Arsenal would be better with a “top centre forward”.
Giroud has struggled with criticism for club and country in the past season, despite solid performances domestically and during Euro 2016 for France.
He has scored 84 goals and added 36 assists in 193 appearances across all competitions for the Gunners since his move from Montpellier in 2012.
His dramatic return to action will give manager Arsene Wenger the right sort of selection headache though, as his team prepare to travel to Ludogorets in the Champions League and then host Tottenham in the Premier League on Sunday.
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