Paul Merson highlights weakness in Arsenal talisman
By Dominic Toner
Paul Merson is not convinced by Arsenal star Alexis Sanchez as a central striker.
The 27-year-old has been transformed into a forward this season by manager Arsene Wenger and he is currently spearheading the attack ahead of Olivier Giroud and Lucas Perez.
Sanchez has played as a left winger for the majority of his career and has found great form in his new position this season.
The Chile international has made 20 appearances across all competitions, scoring 13 goals and supplying 10 assists.
Ex-Arsenal forward Merson does not believe Sanchez should be leading the line and made the comparison to Chelsea’s powerful striker Diego Costa.
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“I don’t see Sanchez as a centre-forward, even though he’s done great and doesn’t lack a lot,” Merson told Sky Sports. “For me he doesn’t do the same job in the big games.
“For example, if they are playing Real Madrid and Madrid are dominating the game the ball won’t stick with Sanchez like it would with Costa; he can’t hold it up the same way.”
Chelsea forward Costa has shown in recent weeks his all-round qualities up top and is currently the joint-top Premier League goalscorer with Sanchez (11).
The Blues player has so many dimensions to his game and people have questioned whether Sanchez can operate in the number nine role.
Sanchez has been in sensational form recently and helped Arsenal climb up to second-place in the Premier League, with Chelsea above them by three points.
The attacker has scored five goals in his last two league matches against Bournemouth and West Ham, with a stunning hat-trick helping his side beat the Hammers 5-1.
He is currently relishing the central role in the Gunners side and is set to continue their for the immediate future.
In other Arsenal news, the club’s player has shared his thoughts on 18-hour goal drought.