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Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger compares Alexis Sanchez to Luis Suarez

Wenger believes Sanchez can still improve as a player despite having a near perfect debut campaign for the gunners last season.

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Despite a stellar debut campaign Wenger believes Sanchez can improve further this season.

Inspite of having a stellar debut campaign in the Barclays Premier League, Arsenal coach Arsene Wenger believes that Alexis Sanchez can improve further this year as he told the club’s official website. The Chilean was voted the club's Player of the Season in 2014/15. In 50 appearances last season for the Gunners, the former Barcelona star scored 25 goals across all competitions.  

Sanchez was lively in his first start of the season against Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park and Wenger believes there is more to come from the player who was Arsenal’s player of the year last season.

Wenger said: “He is already better than when he arrived. In his final finishing there is room for improvement, in his final ball he is already much better, his vision is quite good and incisive. He has that desire to go forward and provoke. He is a guy who provokes chaos in the defences because he has a go at you.

Speaking about the havoc he creates for defending teams, the Arsenal boss added: “He does not go across, he goes straight. His desire to go forward, to provoke opponents, to run at people, creates danger. 

“I have had players like that but he has the style. What Sanchez has is that in the first two yards he is lightning quick. He has that explosive attitude linked with his spirit. That makes him even more spectacular.”

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Luis Suarez scored the lone goal in Barcelona’s 1-0 victory over Las Palmas

Sanchez and Suarez similar in terms of playing style, says Wenger

Wenger believes there are similarities between Sanchez and another one of his former targets Luis Suarez, “They are at the same level,” he said.

“Suarez is a central striker and Sanchez is more a wide player who likes to go up and down and is involved in dribbling. But they have similarities.”

The French manager also praised the range of great striking talent that is coming through from South American nations.

“In South America they are richer in strikers than in Europe,” he said.

“You look at Aguero, Messi, Suarez, Sanchez, I could name many of them. They produce more than us and we have to look at ourselves and see how we can correct that.”

Sanchez  form crucial to Arsenal’s title hopes

With Arsenal expected to challenge for the title this term, Wenger would expect yet another goal laden season from the Chile wide man. With impressive performances in the Copa America and no signs yet of slowing down, Alexis Sanchez would expect to atleast match the debut season that he had in the Barclays Premier League. 

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