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Alexis Sanchez explains how online videos taught him to play striker

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Alexis Sanchez has once again proven his worth as an indispensable member of the Arsenal squad.

Arsene Wenger has overseen his men go unbeaten in all competitions since their opening day loss to Liverpool, but the Chilean forward deserves much of the praise.

The 27-year-old leads the Gunners’ goalscoring charts in the Premier League and has also contributed three assists in what has been a blistering start to the campaign.

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His performances to date become all the more impressive when you consider he is technically playing out of position as a striker, rather than his customary wide role.

Wenger forked roughly £35 million to sign the world-class winger from Barcelona – but has recently been forced to deploy him in centrally due to an injury to Oliver Giroud.

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Sanchez has since established himself as the first-choice striker in the eyes of the Frenchman, though adapting to the new role did not come completely naturally.

The Chile international – a player who could walk into just about any forward line in world football – required some digital assistance to get to grips with operating through the middle.

"He [Wenger] asked me to play there so I said fine -- I looked up some videos on the internet to see how I needed to adjust my movement and I've been adapting since then,” he told the official Arsenal website.

Speaking in an interview prior to the international break, as per ESPN, he said: "I like it as a centre forward because I can get involved in the play more.

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"I have the chance to drop deep a little bit more and that means I can link up with my teammates more.”

Sanchez is in doubt to be available for the visit to Manchester United after he suffered a minor muscle injury in training last week.

Wenger will be desperate to get the all clear from his medical team to start his key man at Old Trafford, though he does have Giroud and Theo Walcott in reserve.

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