Arsene Wenger, Arsenal’s Manager disclosed that he discovered the potentials he saw in Thierry Henry, in Alexis Sanchez when he converted him to central striker.
Indeed, Sanchez is born to be striker. Sanchez, who previously have been playing out wide at his previous team and during his early time at Emirates, has scored 11 goals in 14 premiere league games after moving to central role.
Wenger told reporters Thus:
“Sanchez was happy out wide because in his head he was a wide player.
When I moved him, honestly it was not a problem. He accepted it very well,” “I had to persuade Thierry.
I don’t know if it’s my greatest achievement. You see that the
guy who plays wide can score goals and that he can score even more goals in the centre.
I always saw this in Sanchez.
“Although I must honestly say I thought many times when I played him as centre-forward last year, or two years ago, that I was wrong.
Because the few times I played him
through the middle were not convincing.
But this year it clicked very early in the season.
“He has developed very well as a centre forward because he has found a good mixture between coming short and going in behind.
He has more freedom as well and he
takes advantage of his short technique in the middle much more.”