Arsene Wenger Has High Praise for Alexis, Compares Him to Lionel Messi, Neymar

Sean SwabyUK Staff WriterAugust 4, 2014

Arsenal's French manager Arsene Wenger, right, gives instructions to his new signing Alexis Sanchez as he substituted on to make his debut, during the Emirates Cup soccer match between between Arsenal and Benfica at Arsenal's Emirates Stadium in London, Saturday, Aug. 2, 2014.  (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)
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Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger will obviously have nothing but high praise for his new weapon, Alexis Sanchez, after he swooped on the Chilean star and took him to north London from Barcelona. 

Now Wenger is putting him alongside a few fairly well-established names in Neymar and Lionel Messi, Sanchez's former Barcelona team-mates, per the Express

Sanchez was really outstanding at Udinese but when he went to Barcelona it became a bit more difficult for him. 

It's like you can see with Neymar at Barcelona, because there you have Messi and everyone has to fit in around him. 

You see Neymar with Brazil and he is a different player to Neymar with Barcelona. And it is the same with Sanchez. 

Alexis is a striker and a good winger who made a great impression on me when he was in Italy. 

I like the fact that he can play left, right and up front. That's why I went for him. 

At the moment I want to see him in all the positions. I took him because he is a player who has the qualities of Theo Walcott who goes behind defenders off the ball. And with the quality of his runs he can be very important for us. 

If Wenger can get either Neymar- or Messi-like returns out of his £35 million man, he and Arsenal supporters will be extremely pleased.