Jamie Redknapp believes Arsene Wenger should seriously consider dropping Alexis Sanchez for Arsenal's weekend game against Watford. That is despite the former Liverpool midfielder also suggesting the stocky attacker is amongst the very best players in the world.
Sanchez has scored nine goals in his last five games for club and country, including a hat-trick against Leicester City and an impressive brace against Manchester United. However, having played 180 minutes for Chile over the last week, Redknapp is concerned the 26-year-old is already running into the red zone.
The Gunners are heavy favourites to come away from Vicarage Road with three points and Redknapp has suggested it could be a perfect opportunity to give Sanchez a breather.
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"He's a joy to watch," Redknapp said about Sanchez.
"He's dynamite, a brilliant player. Four or five weeks ago people were saying is he the same player? Is he a one-season wonder? Now you look at him and we're talking about him being one of the best in the world. And you can't disagree with that.
"In every single game - and I imagine in every single training session - he works so hard. He chases so many lost causes. You can see why they Arsenal fans adore him.
"That's why Wenger needs to look after him. Perhaps starting him on the bench and having him as an option to come on in the final half hour would be the best approach."
Wenger has plenty of alternative options should he take Redknapp's advice. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is angling for a chance to play while Joel Campbell impressed on international duty for Costa Rica.
Sanchez may be Arsenal's biggest goal-scoring threat, but Theo Walcott, Mesut Ozil and Aaron Ramsey have all proved capable of scoring in the past.
Arsenal can not afford to drop points against the Premier League newcomers after finally gathering some momentum, but risking Sanchez's long-term fitness could prove even more fatal to their title chances if he succumbs to injury.
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