Red hot: Mascherano says Sanchez was a key player at Barcelona

By Amir Mir

Garth Crooks believes Arsenal “must be in with a chance of winning the title”, if they keep Alexis Sanchez, Mesut Ozil and Santi Cazorla on the field at the same time.

BBC Sports pundit Crooks hailed the Arsenal trio after they helped Arsene Wenger’s side demolishChelsea 3-0 on Saturday evening.

All three were influential in victory, with Ozil scoring, Sanchez assisting and getting on the scoresheet, while Cazorla dictated play from the middle of the park.

Ex-Tottenham striker Crooks named the trio in his team of the week, alongside teammates Petr Cech and Hector Bellerin, as he explained the threat of the north London club this season.

“At the risk of sounding treacherous to my former club Tottenham, if Arsenal can manage to keep Sanchez, Mesut Ozil and Santi Cazorla on the field and at the same time, Arsenal must be in with a chance of winning the title,” said Crooks on the BBC Sports website.

“Sanchez is the most important member of the trio as far as I am concerned. Keep Sanchez fit and present him with sufficient goalscoring opportunities and the Chile international is very capable of bringing Arsenal the trophy that has eluded Arsene Wenger for some considerable time. The thought is enough to give Spurs fans nightmares.”

Sanchez has scored four goals and provided three assists in six league appearances this term. Ozil has scored two goals in five appearances, while Cazorla has scored two and provided two in six games.

Arsenal now sit in third place with thirteen points from six games, having won four consecutive league games.

Wenger’s side are within a point of north London rivals Tottenham, who recorded a 2-1 win away at Middlesbrough on Saturday.

The Gunners host Basel in a Champions League group game on Wednesday night, before travelling to Burnley in the league on Sunday afternoon.

In other Arsenal team news, senior player says he will be back in first-team training on Monday.