For now, at least, it seems the future of Alexis Sanchez is relatively certain. Asked about the Chilean earlier this week, Arsene Wenger said, “The decision has been made and we will stick to that – the decision is not to sell.”
Speculation mounts over where Olivier Giroud and even Theo Walcott might play their football next season, but it seems clear that the new record signing is earmarked for the central role with Sanchez and Mesut Ozil providing him the ammunition.
Speaking after the win over Bayern Munich yesterday, the Arsenal manager revealed that’s exactly what he’s thinking ahead of the new campaign.
“Lacazette will play centre forward,” he said. “Alexis plays where he plays always, on the left, sometimes on the right but normally on the left.”
There were signs of how it might work during the Bayern game when the French striker was slipped through beautifully by Ozil in the first half, but he was denied a goal by a fantastic save.
As well as being the club’s leading scorer last season, with 30, Alexis also provided more assists than anyone else with 14, so if he can replicate that, and Ozil can find his best form, there’s the potential for a seriously potent front three.