Arsene Wenger says Alexis Sanchez will play out wide

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has given an insight into where he will play new signing Alexis Sanchez, as he gears up for another season in charge of the club.

The World Cup star, who was Chile’s top scorer with two goals, signed for Arsenal last week for a fee in the region of £35 million and will want to take up the wing position he loved to occupy for Barcelona.

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Speaking to Arsenal's official website, Wenger told of how the Chilean forward will fit into his plans at the Emirates.

Wing play

Wenger said: “He can play through the middle, he can play on both flanks and he has the qualities that I think are needed in England. He’s brave, works hard and all these qualities together made me go for him.

“At the moment he might play on the flank because Walcott is injured. As well as through the middle in some games; we can play with Giroud, we can play without Giroud in a 4-4-2 or in a 4-3-3.

Major signing

“That’s why he is a major signing for us and that’s why we spend a lot of money on him. He has the quality to be efficient everywhere he plays.”

Sanchez signed from the Catalan giants after hitting great form over the past few seasons, when he scored 47 goals in 141 appearances.

And he will want to bring this great form over to the Premier League with the Gunners, who are looking to build upon their 4th place finish and FA Cup win last season.

Competition for place

However, he will have competition for his place with England duo Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and injured Theo Walcott, so a flying start is essential.

Arsenal have been very busy this transfer window with the announcement of French international Mathieu Debuchy signing yesterday, and they are also chasing fellow Frenchman Loic Remy and German World Cup winner Sami Khedira.

But Wenger is very happy with the transfer of Sanchez and was quick to sing his praises after the move.

“He runs at people with the ball and he’s a very versatile striker.

“The fact that he’s efficient and he’s good off the ball is good”.

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