Arsene Wenger: Alexis Sanchez can emulate Luis Suarez at Arsenal

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Arsene Wenger's top priority in the summer transfer window was to sign a top striker yet here we are, nine days away from its close, and the Frenchman still hasn't made a much-needed addition.

Olivier Giroud has spearheaded Arsenal's attack ever since Robin van Persie's departure in 2012 but the jury is still out over whether he is capable of inspiring Premier League glory.

It's not without trying that Wenger still hasn't signed a new striker, though, considering the sheer amount of players he has been linked with - and consequently missed out on - over the past two or three years.


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Indeed, Gonzalo Higuain, Karim Benzema, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Alvaro Morata, Mauro Icardi and even Wayne Rooney have all rejected moves to north London.

The Gunners also failed to sign Luis Suarez from Liverpool in 2013, but according to Wenger, Arsenal already have a player of the Uruguayan's ilk: Alexis Sanchez.

Following his side's goalless draw with Leicester City on Saturday, the Frenchman was asked whether Sanchez could feature regularly upfront this season, to which he replied: "I think yes.

"It is worth trying as he has the quality to go behind. Honestly he did not have a convincing game. I think he is one of those who is not completely ready physically.

"But 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.

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

"And he has good timing to run behind. It is interesting to see how well he copes with that. He is technically a top player."

Whilst Wenger's logic is sound - Sanchez is one of the Premier League's deadliest finishers - playing the Chilean as a striker then creates the issue of who to replace him on the left flank.

Alex Iwobi, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Serge Gnabry are all options but doubts remain over their consistency, especially so because of their respective ages.

But perhaps Wenger could be on to something. Whilst a change in formation would be necessary, playing Sanchez up top alongside Giroud could help form a deadly partnership.

Thierry Henry certainly thinks so anyway: "People are calling for a striker, but I wonder if it would be a good situation if Sanchez could play behind Giroud.

"We saw at Euro 2016 what Giroud can do when someone is close to him. I don't mean a number 10, I mean a number nine; someone who can run in behind.

"Giroud is very good in the air, but if he plays with Mesut Ozil he stays underneath him. You saw with France what Giroud can do when he has a guy like Antoine Griezmann who can run behind and beyond him."

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