​Former Arsenal legend and pundit Ian Wright has claimed that Alexis Sanchez could be too big of a luxury for the Gunners in big games. Sanchez was left on the bench at Stamford Bridge this weekend but Arsenal held their own, putting in a disciplined performance and coming away with a point.


The Chilean almost left the club in the summer but remained after a deadline day move to Manchester City collapsed. However, Wright believes that it might be beneficial for the Gunners if Sanchez does not start in the big away games.



Writing in his column for the Sun, as reported by the ​Daily Star, Wright said, “If [the Chelsea draw] was a glimpse of a future without Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil, then maybe it is not such cause for gloom and doom."


“Everyone knows how highly I rate Sanchez and I’d like to see him play as much as possible before moving on. But you do wonder if he is a luxury you cannot afford in games like the ones against Liverpool and Chelsea."



“But the top teams will punish you, especially if the midfield men have pushed up to support him. He’s going to be out of the door soon — and we have to deal with that.”


Sanchez is yet to reach full fitness after a disrupted pre-season but is in line for a return to the starting lineup when Arsenal host West Bromwich Albion next weekend. The 28-year-old scored 30 goals in all competitions last season and will look to maintain his goalscoring form in what is likely to be his last season in north London.