Arsenal legend Ray Parlour believes Alexis Sanchez is the only player in Arsene Wenger's current squad capable of breaking into the famous 'Invincibles' side of 2003/04.
The retired midfielder paid tribute to the Chile international after a mightily impressive debut campaign in north London by giving him the ultimate compliment, suggesting he could break into the starting XI of that unprecedented title-winning team.
Sanchez turned in another excellent performance by scoring a brace in Monday night's 3-1 victory over Hull City at the KC Stadium, taking his personal tally to 16 goals in the Premier League.
His fine form has attracted plenty of plaudits who've been quick to praise the South American's contribution since moving to the Emirates Stadium from Barcelona in a £35 million deal last summer.
Parlour outlined just how big an impact the 26-year-old has made during his first nine months in England by putting Sanchez alongside some of Arsenal's most celebrated former stars.
However, he doesn't rate any of his team-mates quite so highly after suggesting that everyone else would struggle to dislodge any of the old guard from yesteryear.
"I don't think the full-backs would be good enough. Lauren was a great underrated player, and Ashley Cole was fantastic," Parlour was quoted by the Daily Mail from an interview with the Carlsberg led 'The Peoples Pundit'.
"I really like Laurent Koscielny; he's improved so much. I could maybe see him getting a game instead of Kolo Toure, alongside Sol Campbell. You could make an argument for that, anyway.
"In midfield, Vieira and Gilberto did a great job and Pires was a very good player. The only one I could really see getting in would be Sanchez, on the right side of midfield.
"As for up front, none of them would have any chance of replacing Bergkamp or Henry. Not a chance."
So with the possible exception of Koscielny it looks as though Sanchez is on his own when it comes to having proved himself good enough to be recognised alongside the best squad in Premier League history.
Fellow midfielders Mesut Ozil and Santi Cazorla might have something to say about that, but based on how good the old attacking midfielders were at the start of the century, it's perhaps no surprise to see the existing crop of stars overlooked.
Ivan Zamorano has heaped praise on Alexis Sanchez, claiming some of his compatriot's performances for Arsenal this season have been superhuman.
The Chilean legend believes the former Barcelona star will prove the catalyst for his national side at this summer's Copa America tournament.
Bendtner blames fitness issues
Former Arsenal striker Nicklas Bendtner believes the succession of injuries he suffered during his time in north London is to blame for his failure to make the grade at the Emirates Stadium.
The Denmark international was finally ditched by Arsene Wenger last summer after nine disappointing years with the Gunners, during which time he never really made much of an impact with the Premier League giants.
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