Five reasons Alexis Sanchez is wasting his career at Arsenal

Arsenal star Alexis Sanchez has been a key member for manager Arsene Wenger since his arrival from Barcelona for an estimated £35million fee back in 2014.

It was believed that following the arrival of Mesut Ozil from Real Madrid a year earlier, the pair could finally propel the Gunners back to the top.

However, that was not the case as Sanchez soon found when he left a very successful Barca side to try his luck in the Premier League.

Before his arrival, the English giants had finished either third or fourth for the past 10 consecutive seasons, with a third place finish also expected this year.

The Chile international also faced Champions League heartbreak once again as he question whether the 27-year-old forward is throwing away a great opportunity to reach the top elsewhere.

So, with that in mind, here are FIVE reasons why Alexis Sanchez is wasting his career at Arsenal.

Another expected third or fourth place finish


Arsenal are once again in line to finish either third or fourth, a positive in terms of securing a Champions League spot, but nowhere near good enough if they want to battle for the Premier League title.

As it stands, the Gunners are 12 points away from champions Leicester City, a factor that shows they’re wasting the talents of a player that has won a host of trophies while at Barcelona.

Arsene Wenger continues to struggle in the transfer window


Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has often been criticised for transfer dealings, with goalkeeper Petr Cech his only summer signing before the start of the current campaign.

If he continues to make bad decisions in regards to building the squad, Sanchez may need to push for a move to a club that has the potential to challenge for all the top awards.

Squad injuries halting full potential


Whether it is directly the fault of Arsenal or not, the amount of injuries suffered to their players in one season is way above average, a factor that has limited the ability for manager Arsene Wenger to field his strongest squad on a weekly basis.

Alexis Sanchez himself missed a chunk of matches in the middle of the campaign, with players like Jack Wilshere almost unavailable for the entire season.

Without a fully fit squad for the majority of the year, Wenger is definitely going to face various challenges keeping up to the more stronger clubs both in England as well as Europe.

Unable to keep up in Europe


Like recently said, Arsenal have been struggling to keep up with their European rivals and have seen themselves knocked out of the Champions League Round of 16 for the past six consecutive seasons, including the current one.

Unless the Gunners improve on their performance, Alexis Sanchez may begin considering an exit, something that has been already speculated over the past few months.

He may want to win Europe’s biggest reward at some point in his career, but it may or may not be with the Emirates-based club.

Continues to carry the team from midfield


Alexis Sanchez has been a prominent figure for manager Arsene Wenger this season, so far featuring 40 times in all competitions, scoring 17 goals while providing another 11 assists.

Sanchez is currently being seen as one of the squad’s main attacking outlet and is one of the very few players capable of making things happen by himself.

Unless the Gunners can secure a deal for a world class striker in the summer, it could mean another tough campaign next season for Sanchez along with his teammates.