Beginning this season, Arsene Wenger has resorted to a style that sees Alexis Sanchez play in the no.9 and this has largely turned successful.
Since joining Arsenal from Barcelona in the summer of 2014, Sanchez has been used to play on the left wing position but Giroud”s fitness issues means Wenger has played Sanchez more as the out-and-out striker.
Although, this move by Wenger is believed to be short-termed, Arsenal legend Thierry Henry has said that Sanchez should have been playing in the role before now – Sanchez has scored six goals in 12 games across all competitions this term.
“I always said in the past two years that Sanchez could be used as an option as a centre-forward,” he said.
“He’s finally playing as a centre forward. He does it for Chile, so it’s not something that he doesn’t know how to do. He did it for Udinese also in Italy and he does it ever so well.
“When you have a guy who as a No.9, the way he puts pressure, the way he moves, his vision for the ball, that creates a lot of holes for Ozil.”
Sanchez spent five years at Udinese after moving to Europe from South America, where he played all across the front line, learning his game as a winger and deep-lying forward.
The 27-year-old has already made over 100 appearances for Chile, where due to his status he has performed various roles, depending on the tactical system.