Arsenal boss reveals striker selection ahead of crucial Besiktas match

With Arsenal learning that Olivier Giroud will be out with an injury until next year, Arsene Wenger has revealed that he will select new signing Alexis Sanchez to play through the middle instead, Daily Star reports.

Despite the 25-year-old playing the strikers role in the 2-2 draw with Everton and not impressing, the Gunners boss is willing to give him another shot ahead of their upcoming Champions League tie against Besiktas.

He also believes that Sanchez has what it takes to play the role on a long term basis with the French manager confirming this when asked about the Chilean international.

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“Of course. You do not convict a player on one half. It was not all bad what he did.

“There was some quality in what he did. I just felt, on the day, we needed some more physical presence because I knew we would play in one half in the second half, and would need more presence. And once you are 2-0 down you will not play on counter-attack.

“Our basic positional play up front was not right at the start. We modified that at half-time. It was easier to play up front in the second half than in the first.”

He is also standing firm on his decision not to sign another forward as he believes the club already has enough quality to cover the absence of Giroud.

“We have plenty of players. In England as soon as you have a problem people want you to buy.

“Unfortunately I can give you clubs with plenty of players who every time they lose say they have to buy more. But if you give the number of strikers we have it is unbelievable.”