Arsene Wenger Backs Alexis Sanchez to Fill Olivier Giroud's Shoes at Arsenal

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said he considered Chile's Alexis Sanchez to be a forward despite him having played most of his career as a winger.

updated: August 28, 2014 13:39 IST
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Arsenal's French manager Arsene Wenger (L) looks at Chilean striker Alexis Sanchez (R) during a training session at London Colney, north of London, on August 26, 2014, on the eve of his team's UEFA Champions League second-leg play-off match against Besiktas.


London: Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger backed Alexis Sanchez to prove an able deputy for the injured Olivier Giroud after the Chilean forward fired his new club into the Champions League.

Sanchez scored the only goal of the game against Besiktas at the Emirates Stadium on Wednesday to earn Arsenal a 1-0 win that propelled them into the Champions League group phase for the 17th season in succession.

With Wenger revealing afterwards that Giroud could be out for up to four months after undergoing surgery on a broken tibia, it was the ideal moment for Sanchez to showcase his ability to lead the line.

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