Alexis Sanchez is one of the best forwards in the Premier League. He has been a revelation since joining Arsenal in 2014.
He scored a very impressive 24 league goals last season, despite not being an out-and-out striker. Sanchez is also extremely creative and is a tireless worker, making him the envy of many clubs in Europe. There are doubts however as to his overall build up play, perhaps why Barcelona sold him, although his end product and match winning ability make him one of Arsenal’s most important players. City have been linked with a move all summer and now look like they may finally make a bid for the Chilean forward. However, Pep Guardiola has already added Bernardo Silva to join a wealth of attacking talent at City, so where would he fit in?
Guardiola seems to favour the 4-3-3/4-1-4-1 for his City side and likes his wingers to stay wide whilst employing inverted full backs. This would see Sanchez out on the right flank, with German Leroy Sane on the left. He would bring that explosive pace, work rate and end product that Guardiola demands from his wide men and would also offer ridiculous depth, with Raheem Sterling and Bernardo Silva offering serious competition for that position.
City started the campaign with a 3-5-2 against Brighton and Hove Albion and could stick that system. It saw a pairing of Sergio Aguero and Gabriel Jesus, however with Aguero’s injury doubts, Sanchez could form a frightening partnership with Jesus. Sanchez has played as a striker on a number of occasions before, and to good effect. He is more than comfortable dropping off, as is Jesus, meaning they could dovetail with each other rather nicely. His end product is also world class so would provide his fair share of goals and assists for the side, and would again, bring incredible strength and depth to the squad.
Guardiola could recreate the legendary Johan Cruyff system, and would certainly have the personnel to do so. Sanchez and Sane have both the quality, energy and explosiveness to be the wide outlets in their sides allowing City to dominate the central areas. It is an extremely demanding set up, requiring a high calibre of player, as well as work on the training field. However, Guardiola has shown before how innovative he can be, and this system could go on to make City the most feared side in Europe.
Whatever way Pep decides to deploy Sanchez, defences should worry. Manchester City already look set for a long title challenge, adding Sanchez would be almost unfair to their competition.
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