I didn't get the best out of Alexis Sanchez claims Pep Gaurdiola

Published 18/12/16 

Pep Guardiola admits he didn’t find the best role for Alexis Sanchez, who he believes is ‘perfectly suited’ to the position of centre-forward at Arsenal.

Sanchez joined Barcelona in the summer of 2011, playing just one season under Guardiola before the Catalan coach’s departure.

The Chilean icon impressively netted 12 goals in 25 matches during that debut campaign in La Liga, though was overshadowed by fellow South American attacker Lionel Messi.

Arsenal then secured a deal for Sanchez in 2014, having seen his status at Barcelona further diminish due to the arrival of Neymar.

He immediately cemented his place as a much-loved player in north London, becoming the fulcrum of a side which he led to a record-breaking 12th FA Cup in 2015.

Playing as a winger, Sanchez impressed by not only providing a high level of technical quality, but also bringing an unrivalled work-rate.

This season, the high-energy No.7 has been converted to a lone striker, superbly leading the line by scoring 12 goals in 15 Premier League starts.

Reflecting on their time together at the Camp Nou, Guardiola has suggested that Sanchez was a useful cog in the team, but not the star attraction.

As reported by the Sunday Mirror, the new Manchester City boss said: “He played really well in Barcelona. Alexis helped us a lot.

“But it is normal when you play with Messi that people think that he is not at his level, as the highlight is always Leo. In Barcelona maybe I didn’t help him too much as I like the wingers wide.

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