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Arsenal legend Martin Keown has backed Alexis Sanchez to lead the club to the Premier League title this season.
The Chile international is currently in fine form and has been influential in Arsenal’s superb run of form this season. The forward was impressive on Saturday again when he helped Arsenal defeat Chelsea at the Emirates.
The winger who has been converted to a centre forward by Wenger opened the scoring for the club in the 11th minute. It was the third game in a row that he has scored and Keown believes he has the qualities to lead Arsenal to the Premier League title this term.
Speaking of Sanchez’s performance against Chelsea, Keown said:
‘It was a fantastic team performance but this fella is the icing on the cake. I haven’t seen anybody of his quality for years.
‘[Thierry] Henry was the last one I saw with this sort of pace and the sort of quality he has. It creates panic in the defence and you just cannot take risks with him.
‘Can he link with players as Olivier Giroud does? Yes, of course he can.
‘He occupies defenders, Cahill was always looking over his shoulder. He’s creating space for others to run into.’
‘You can’t get tight to him. Cahill, Luiz, they didn’t know how to cope with him and he gives Arsenal that extra bit of something to attack the opposition,’ he said.
‘The Arsenal faithful have finally got a player who can make a difference. It takes lots of things to be champions but you have to have a player at the top of the team who everyone can believe in. Arsenal certainly believe in him at the moment.’
Arsene Wenger’s decision to play the Chilean as a centre foward caused mixed reactions at the beginning of the season but the forward’s performances have vindicated the French man.
Fans believe the lack of a top striker all these years is the reason the club missed out on the league title for over a decade and they will surely be excited by Sanchez’s performances up top.
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