Alexis Sanchez wants to emulate Barcelona player at Arsenal

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It's been another brilliant season at Arsenal for Alexis Sanchez - so far, anyway.

Since making the transition from winger to striker, the Chilean has scored eight goals and made five assists in all competitions, six goals of which coming in 12 Premier League appearances.

Arsene Wenger appears to have inadvertently found Sanchez's best position, having deployed him up top only because Olivier Giroud needed time to recover from Euro 2016.

It's Sanchez's pace and creativity in the No.9 role that has benefited Arsenal most; the 27-year-old can effectively hold up play and make darting runs in behind opposition defences.

Speaking to Arsenal's official website earlier this month, he explained how he's been watching videos of himself online to improve as a striker.

"[The manager] is the one who decides, he's the one who changes things around and decides where we play," Sanchez said, per the Daily Mail.

"He 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."

However, in his most recent interview with Arsenal Player, Sanchez revealed he is trying to emulate a member of Barcelona's MSN at the Emirates Stadium: Lionel Messi.

Sanchez played alongside the Argentine for three years at the Camp Nou and believes they share the same style of play.

"I like the way that Lionel Messi plays," he said.

"He likes to drop deep and let other players run on ahead of him, like Jordi Alba, Dani Alves and myself, when I used to play on the right there, and then look to find him in the middle again.

"I like getting involved in the play more rather than chasing the ball. I like seeing lots of the ball because I have the chance to drop deep and that means I can link up with my teammates more."

While replicating Messi's influence at Arsenal is a near-impossible task, Sanchez's intentions are completely understandable.

The Chile international has demonstrated his creativity on a number of occasions this season - remember his inch-perfect cross for Mesut Ozil against Watford? - and proved he can drop deep and take on the role of playmaker.

Indeed, his three assists in the Premier League thus far is more than any other Arsenal player, except for Alex Iwobi (also three).

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