It’s rare that you see a football manager admit they got something wrong, but Arsene Wenger appears to have done just that, saying he was too hasty to write off previous experiments with Alexis Sanchez as a centre-forward.
The Chilean is having a storming season thus far with 13 goals and 7 assists to his name, and it looks like he’s exactly the player we needed there.
It’s not the first time he’s been played there though, and the Arsenal manager says his previous efforts might have been cut short prematurely.
“I always saw that in Alexis and I must honestly say that when I played him there last year or two years ago I was wrong,” he said.
“The times I tried him through the middle were not convincing and I even remember against Everton I changed it at half-time.
“Sometimes when you have too many players you cannot attempt something which isn’t immediately conclusive because you’re under pressure.
“If it doesn’t work in one or two games and you have a top player on the bench, you’re tempted to change it very early.
“However, this year it clicked very early in the season because he took advantage of the fact Olivier Giroud was not here and not ready, so I was able to give him a run of games and he’s accepted that role very well.”
Not only is he scoring and making goals, he has changed the way the team plays for the better, so it’s working out well so far.
Let’s hope it continues until May.