Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has compared influential playmaker Alexis Sanchez to Barcelona forward Luis Suarez.
The Chilean winger has been a big hit at the Emirates Stadium since arriving from the Nou Camp in the summer of 2014, scoring 25 goals in all competitions in his first season working under Arsene Wenger.
'The same level'
Sanchez's playing style is comparable to Suarez in the eyes of the Frenchman, who recognises the two generally ply their trade in different positions but that both have the traits of some of the best forward-thinking players on the planet - regularly from the same continent.
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“They are at the same level. Suarez is a central striker and Sanchez is more a wide player who likes to go up and down and is involved in dribbling," he told the official Arsenal website.
“But they have similarities. In South America they are richer in strikers than Europe. You look at Aguero, Messi, Suarez, Sanchez, I could name many of them. They produce more than us and we have to look at ourselves and see how we can correct that.”
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Wenger continued with his praise of Sanchez by claiming the 26-year-old is now a better player than when he arrived in north London, highlighting his final ball and vision as two areas which have particularly improved.
'Desire to provoke'
However, the former Udinese star can't rest on his laurels under the Gunners boss, who believes Sanchez can improve his finishing and build upon his tally from last season.
“He is already better than when he arrived. In his final finishing there is room for improvement, in his final ball he is already much better, his vision is quite good and incisive," he added.
“He has that desire to go forward and provoke. He is a guy who provokes chaos in the defences because he has a go at you. He does not go across, he goes straight. His desire to go forward, to provoke opponents, to run at people, creates danger.
“I have had players like that but he has the style. What Sanchez has is that in the first two yards he is lightning quick. He has that explosive attitude linked with his spirit. That makes him even more spectacular.”
Sanchez is expected to start for Arsenal against Liverpool on Monday night, and will look to bag his first goal of the season after failing to score in the win over Crystal Palace last weekend.
The winger did come off the bench against West Ham after an extended break following the Copa America, but is now back to full fitness and ready to make a positive impact for the Gunners.