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Arsenal's potential front six if Alexis Sanchez plays as a striker

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One of the biggest talking points from Arsenal's goalless draw with Leicester City on Saturday was how ineffective Alexis Sanchez was throughout the 90 minutes.

Playing up top in Olivier Giroud's absence, the Chilean struggled for space and enough time on the ball to make a meaningful contribution.

Despite Sanchez's underwhelming display, it would seem Arsene Wenger still plans on using him as a striker this season, even when Giroud returns.


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When asked if the 27-year-old could regularly spearhead Arsenal's attack, he replied: "I think yes.

"It is worth trying as he has the quality to go behind. On the flanks he uses a lot of energy by chasing back and I’d like to use his energy sometimes a bit more efficiently by going behind the defenders as he's a good finisher.

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"He has played centre-forward at Barcelona. He has similar qualities to [Luis] Suarez."

But what would Arsenal's front six look like with Sanchez playing as a striker? Wenger would have a number of formations and players to choose from, so incorporating the Chile international up top would be difficult.

Here's how the Gunners could line up, using an unorthodox - but flexible - 4-2-2-2 formation.


As Arsenal's best box-to-box midfielder, Ramsey is a guaranteed starter when he returns from a hamstring injury suffered against Liverpool.

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Full of energy and with a keen eye for goal, the Welshman can slot into a more advanced role when Arsenal are on the attack and support Francis Coquelin when defending.


Much like his Welsh teammate, Coquelin is the best at what he does at Arsenal.

The Frenchman has developed into a fine defensive midfielder since bursting onto the scene in 2014 and whilst ill-discipline remains an issue, his technical ability has come on leaps and bounds.


A tough call considering how well Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has played in recent months, but it's Iwobi's consistency, creativity and all-action style of play that makes him a shoo-in to start.

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An injury against Liverpool recently ruled him out for up to a month but at the tender age of 20, the versatile forward has a huge future ahead of him and an important role to play this season.


Arsenal's chief creator returned to action on Saturday against Leicester and following a season where he racked up 19 assists, Ozil will be welcomed back with open arms.

Whilst the German is listed as a right attacking midfielder in this formation, he should be allowed the freedom to roam wherever he pleases if it means playing defence splitting passes to his teammates. 


So, Sanchez upfront. The Chilean is more suited to playing on the wing but, alongside Giroud, he could thrive.

Much like how Antoine Griezmann fed off the towering striker at Euro 2016, Sanchez has the pace, strength and finishing to latch onto Giroud's flicks and knock downs in behind defences.

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Thierry Henry believes the attacking pair would work well together - and who are we to question Arsenal's all-time record top goalscorer.


If Wenger indeed decides against signing a new striker this summer, it would be impossible to leave Giroud on the bench and play Sanchez instead.

Whilst frustratingly inconsistent, the Frenchman adds a new dimension to Arsenal's attack and, as mentioned, he's capable of holding up possession and feeding those around him.

There's no reason why Sanchez can't roam into the wide areas either to provide crosses for Giroud in the 18-yard box.


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