Would the Gunners benefit from a move for this winger?
The Chilean forward, in his second season at the Nou Camp, has struggled for form since his move to the Spanish club, and it appears as though his club are willing to cut their losses on him.
Sanchez joined Barca for £22million in 2011, having attracted the interest of several of Europe’s major clubs, including Manchester City and Manchester United, but it appears as though a move to England may be back on the cards.
Fabrizio Larini, Sanchez’s former director at Udinese, backed the move, stating that Arsenal’s style of play would enable the forward to reach the heights of his time in Italy.
“Sanchez needs to play the ball on the ground, just like Arsenal. That would be his ideal game. I do not know his current situation at the Spanish club. But his fitness problems have definitely limited his performances.
“The only thing that these teams will have to consider is that he is a player who needs freedom to play his way. In teams that have particularly rigid patterns of play he might have a few problems.”
Despite Larini’s claims, Sanchez may well find himself unable to adapt to Arsenal’s game, which is not too dissimilar to Barcelona’s, albeit at an inferior standard.
Sanchez’s success at Udinese came in a counter-attacking side based on pace and power, something more reminiscent of the Arsenal teams of Arsene Wenger’s early years.
The 24 year old has often found himself on the bench in recent months, and it is not surprising to see him linked with a move away from Barca, however it would seem rather unlikely for Arsenal to spend what will still be a hefty sum on an out-of-form player who doesn’t seem to fit into the team’s ethos.