Alexis Sanchez is convinced that playing up front as a lone striker is his best position. And few would disagree after he hit a wonderful hat-trick, capped by an impudent chip after an outrageous step-over in the box, in the rout of West Ham.
The Gunners trounced the Hammers 5-1 at the London Stadium in a one-sided Premier League affair and, with Liverpool and Manchester City both losing, Arsene Wenger’s men stay second in the table.
And it was Chilean hotshot Sanchez who took the bulk of the plaudits as the visitors put the home side to the sword with some ease on Saturday.
Mesut Ozil opened the scoring — set up by that man Sanchez — and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain added the other goals against Slaven Bilic’s men.
Manager Wenger was full of praise for his team and Sanchez, who has been involved in 24 goals in his past 24 appearances, in particular.
“He has all the ingredients that you want for a centre forward. We all would love his qualities to play there. And I think as well, now, he is convinced that it’s his best position and in every game he has that as well.”
“He maintains that focus and will always kill you when he can. He can always deliver something special because he can dribble, has a short backlift, and he has pace. So that’s why it’s interesting.”
Arsenal now travel to Switzerland to face Basel in the last fixture of their Champions League campaign. The Gunners must beat the Swiss outfit tomorrow night and hope that PSG slip up against Ludogorets to claim top spot in the group.
Meanwhile, the Gunners find out who they will oppose in the FA Cup when the draw for the third round is made tonight at 7pm.