Arsenal legend, Martin Keown, is looking forward to Arsenal having their key player, Alexis Sanchez, back in the team to face Liverpool on Sunday.
In his recent column for the Daily Mail, Keown wrote about what Alexis brings to this Arsenal side and admitted that having him back following his abdominal injury will be a boost.
“Arsenal need Sanchez back in the team — he is their key player,” the former centre-back wrote.
“Sanchez is Arsenal’s first line of defence. He presses from the front and as soon as the opposition defenders have the ball Sanchez is straight down your throat.
“One the main problems for Arsenal at Stoke last week was that Mesut Ozil did not want to close down with the other forwards.
“It is very easy for Ozil to just try to be creative. If you are never pressing, you do not have to rebalance yourself when you get in possession.
“Sanchez does both sides of the game very well. Arsenal need that in their team — and Sanchez will be urging Ozil to press with him.
“Alexandre Lacazette and Sanchez will run off the ball for Ozil when he has the ball and they need him to do the same for them.”
Arsene Wenger claims that Alexis will be back in the squad to face Liverpool in the Premier League on Sunday after the Chilean was sidelined for the opening two games of the season.
Wenger: "Koscielny is back available for selection and Alexis has worked very hard to be back again and he is available as well." pic.twitter.com/0p44nTAvVB
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The 28-year-old returned late from an extended break after his involvement in the Confederations Cup final and then suffered an abdominal problem, definitively ruling him out for the Leicester and Stoke games.
While Alexis isn’t a magician, he did score 30 goals over all competitions last season, and just having him in the starting lineup should lift the rest of the team since his work-rate tends to give the other players a bit of a kick up the backside.
As Keown says, Mesut Ozil also tends to play slightly better alongside the forward.
While Wenger confirmed that Alexis would be back in the squad, he also once again claimed that the Chile international won’t be going anywhere this summer, whether he signs a new deal or not.