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Keown: Alexis Sanchez is the man to lead Arsenal line. He is in Aguero form.

Martin Keown is supremely confident that Alexis Sanchez is the perfect solution to Arsenal's striker conundrum.

There are constant doubts regarding Olivier Giroud's ability to be the main man for the Gunners but Sanchez, who has often operated as more of a wide attacker, has shown with his five goals in all competitions that he is more than capable of performing in a more central role.

Asked on a Daily Mail Q&A if Sanchez is 'the long-term answer for Arsenal up front', Keown had a resounding answer, before likening Sanchez to Manchester City superstar Sergio Aguero.

“Without doubt.

“I saw him play up front for Chile at the World Cup, having only ever seen him play out wide for Barcelona, and his work-rate, pace and ability on the ball were so impressive.

“Defenders hate that, I remember playing against Ian Rush and he was an absolute pest – you didn't want the ball when he was around.

“When Wenger signed Sanchez I thought Arsenal's closing down from the front was going to be the best it's ever been, and it's been a mystery to me why it's taken so long for him to be played down the middle. He has looked fantastic there so far and he will only get better as he learns more about the position.

“Over the past few matches I can't think of another striker who has contributed more to the team than him – he's looked like Sergio Aguero of late.

“He missed a few chances to score against Basel on Wednesday, and that can't be good news for Burnley this weekend!"

Andrew Slevison
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