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Arsenal made mistake signing Alexis Sanchez claims Mikael Silvestre

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Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger made a mistake splashing out £32 million on Chilean winger Alexis Sanchez when what the Gunners needed most was another striker, according to former Gunner Mikael Silvestre.

The retired French defender, who spent two years at the Emirates Stadium following a nine-year spell with Manchester United, believes Arsenal should have brought in another forward like Olivier Giroud instead.

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Silvestre: Sanchez was an unnecessary signing

Speaking to Goal, Silvestre commented: "Arsenal have already got that type of player - quick, sharp, fast - they have enough of them already in Theo Walcott, Aaron Ramsey, Mesut Ozil and Santi Cazorla.

"What they really need is someone like Olivier Giroud, I think that should be their priority at the moment.

"Sanchez could have gone anywhere after his tremendous World Cup but I do not think he is the type of player the club need right now."

Is Silvestre right or wrong?

Regardless of whether Arsenal needed Sanchez or not, there’s no denying the Gunners have landed themselves a world-class player who was unfortunate to have been let go by Barcelona.

The 25-year-old scored 21 goals for the Catalan giants last season and went on to shine at the World Cup finals in Brazil. At £32 million, Arsenal have landed themselves one of the best buys of the summer transfer window so far - and a player who could make the difference in both the Premier League and Champions League.

However, as Silvestre says, Arsenal are already well-stocked in wide areas and require another centre-forward to ease the pressure on France international Giroud.

Wenger, though, has indicated that Sanchez could be used as Arsenal’s most advanced attacking player on occasions - while also confirming that another striker will not be arriving at the Emirates Stadium this summer.

Watch: Alexis Sanchez scout report

Can Arsenal win title without another striker?

Giroud grew increasingly fatigued as the 2013/14 campaign wore on due to a lack of options at Wenger’s disposal.

There’s a danger that the same thing could happen this season, although Wenger now has the option of using Sanchez, Walcott or Lukas Podolski as his most advanced forward.

But Manchester City have the likes of Sergio Aguero, Edin Dzeko, Alvaro Negredo and Stevan Jovetic; Chelsea have Diego Costa, Fernando Torres and Didier Drogba, while Manchester United will be a threat again with Louis van Gaal at the helm and Robin van Persie, Wayne Rooney, Javier Hernandez and Danny Welbeck at his disposal.

Arsenal still look short the striker department, but the vastly-experienced Wenger appears to believe otherwise.

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