The Chilean winger popularly called ‘boy wonder’ has attracted interest from several clubs in Europe, notably Juventus, Liverpool and Arsenal. The 25 year old Barcelona winger could be sacrificed as part of the rebuilding process going on at the Nou Camp.
Several clubs are currently building on their interest with reports claiming that Arsenal’s boss Arsene Wenger held talks with Alexis Sanchez representatives in Brazil to discuss a possible move to the Emirates.
The Spanish media is awash with news that the Chilean’s agent is trying to trash out a deal with potential suitors for the winger as Barcelona are expected to cash in on him.
From media reports it looks a straight battle between Liverpool, Arsenal and Juventus for his services.
The qualities of the Chilean is well established. The former Udinese winger had a huge reputation in Serie A before he was signed by Barcelona in 2011. His versatility across the attacking positions makes him a strong weapon in any team.
At present in Arsenal’s squad, the only player who can comfortably play across multiple attacking roles in midfield is Santi Cazorla. Though he cannot lead the line of an attack, something the Chilean can do. He can play in both wings, the hole and he can lead the line.
His directness can only aid Arsenal’s attacking prowess, as there are few direct players and runners in the squad.
A situation where a squad can possess direct players in the mode of Theo Walcott, but with the added bonus of being technically adept means the club will be getting a player with several qualities rolled into one.
Over the years, Arsene Wenger seems to have changed the kind of players he gets from the transfer market. Preferring players that are great technicians on the ball, but lack the required physicality to adequately take to the rigours of the Premier League. The Chilean, though not one to go bursting a gut in terms of putting in committed tackles and showing a player that he is there, displays his commitment in other ways. Whether played on the wings or at the tip of the attack, he is always committed to helping a team to defend. Added to that is his pace, which always aids quick transition from defence to attack in a counter attack.
Talking of formation, the Chilean can comfortably feature in any formation be it a 4-3-3, 3-5-2, 4-4-2, 4-5-1 or 5-3-2
A player with an ability to adopt to any tactical formation is always a bonus to any team. The hard working former Udinese attacker can add something Arsenal have been missing since the days of Robert Pires. A player that can carry the ball at speed, and one who can take on players at any turn.
His 19 goals for Barcelona last season came despite not playing regularly, and his ability to conjure up the spectacular, means, Arsenal will be getting a player who can find spaces where there is none to score at any time as he showed in the last day of la liga last season against eventual champions Altetico Madrid.