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Is this Arsenal signing essentially pointless?

Date: 21st August 2014 at 6:33pm
Written by Christy Malyan

Arsenal's £35million of Alexis Sanchez is meant to be a game-changer. Some have labelled it the best Premier League deal of the summer, and indeed, the former Barcelona star does possess the quality to become a talismanic performer for the north London club. Tactically too, he's an ideal acquisition. The Chile international, through his tiki-taka heritage, does not only lend himself to Arsenal's definitive possession-based, technical style, but also offers the pace, penetration and the threat in-behind that the Gunners lacked last season following Theo Walcott's injury in January, leaving their midfield and attack incredibly one-dimensional. But like a house without foundations, a match-stick model without glue, a breadless sandwich or Bryan Blessed with his voicebox removed, signing the 25-year-old was essentially pointless if Arsene Wenger doesn't invest in a defensive midfielder this summer. Not least because, although Sanchez is a sensational talent, the difference he'll make for Arsenal in the big games is incredibly minimal. Last season, the north Londoners claimed just six points against top five opposition and lost all of their four ... Read More


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