Pep Guardiola has conceded that Arsene Wenger is currently using Alexis Sanchez perfectly, something the Spaniard didn’t do while he was Barcelona manager.
The Chilean is currently in the form of his life and is easily one of the best players in the Premier League right now. He’s starting every game and scoring for fun.
However, it wasn’t always this way. When he was at Barca, he struggled for a starting spot and although he scored 47 goals during his three years there, the Catalan giants seemed quite happy to sell him to us for £35m. A steal.
Speaking ahead of Arsenal’s clash against Manchester City, Pep explained why he couldn’t get the best out of Alexis, yet we can.
“He played really good in Barcelona but normally when you play with [Lionel] Messi all the players beside him are not at his level.
“I think the position Arsenal are using him as a striker, in front, it is perfect for him. In Barcelona maybe I didn’t help him too much because he played wide. He can do that but he is better between the lines, closer to the goal.
“In some moments he played there, especially one game against Chelsea in the Champions League semifinals. He played as a striker and after 40 minutes we went 2-0 up but it was an unlucky game and we lost and Chelsea reached the final.
“He can play there and in several positions – left, right. He is a fighter in spirit, he is a character, he is a winner. He is a class, class player and now he is playing really well.”
This is perhaps the issue of having a huge star player at the club. From the moment they sign, until the moment they leave, they’re the main man. The whole squad revolves around them and therefore, many players get shoehorned into positions where they may not be strongest.
At Arsenal, Alexis has become that main man.