Arsenal legend Ian Wright has suggested his former side forward Alexis Sanchez is not a crucial part of the Arsenal squad in the big games.
The Chile Copa-America winner is widely regarded to be one of the most finest attackers in the Premier League and he has earned plenty of new admirers since his move to The Emirates from Barcelona back in 2014.
Sanchez came in as a sub for Arsenal in their goalless draw against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Sunday as the North London club battled to a earn solid point against their arch-rivals.
The 28-year-old started from the bench as Arsene Wenger’s men tried and failed to net a winner against the Blues.
However, Ian Wright believes that Sanchez can too often misplace the ball up front for the Gunners and admits that he is something of a “luxury” player for the Gunners.
“Everyone knows how highly I rate Sanchez and I’d like to see him play as much as possible before moving on,” Wright told the Sun.
“But you do wonder if he is a luxury you cannot afford in games like the ones against Liverpool and Chelsea.
“And I’m not just saying this because of their goalless draw at the Bridge — I’ve thought this way for a while.
“Sanchez will get you wonder goals, like he did against Cologne in the Europa League, but he does lose the ball a lot when he cuts inside.
“And that can spell real trouble. You can get away with it against most teams and, like I said, the good far outweighs the bad stuff with Sanchez.”
Alexis Sanchez will be hoping to start for the Gunners when they return to Premier League fixtures on Monday night with a home clash against West Bromwich Albion at the Emirates.
Arsenal are aiming to finish the season into the top four this campaign after we ended in a disappointing fifth place under Wenger last season.