Merson: Wenger needs to be more like Harry Redknapp

Arsenal's Alexis Sanchez reacts during the Carabao Cup Third Round match at the Emirates Stadium London

Arsenal's Alexis Sanchez reacts during the Carabao Cup Third Round match at the Emirates Stadium London

"The main reason is the way the team have welcomed me here", he said.

"In France it was [Zinedine] Zidane".

Sanchez was unable to inspire Chile as La Roja finished sixth in Conmebol's qualification group, missing out on what would have been their 10th World Cup finals. In England it was Beckham.

Losing Mustafi is a blow but we have other centre backs to cover, but that left wing back role is not so easy to fill and maybe the Gunners would revert to a back four with Bellerin and Monreal as the full backs if Kolasinac was not fit.

Former Tottenham and West Ham boss Redknapp was renowned for his negotiating skills, but Merson, who played under Wenger with the Gunners, believes the Frenchman would win the league if he possessed Redknapp's tactical nous. Why not [Steven] Gerrard? I don't know. But it was Beckham.

"In Chile it's Sanchez". In Argentina of course it's (Lionel) Messi.

"Paul said he is having a little run out in a friendly game for someone to get himself a bit of fitness and is really looking forward to it". They like to be on the front line. It means they have to deal with the lows as well.

"He has been treated in this country like a guy who has killed somebody".

The Arsenal team-mates both played for their countries on Tuesday as Colombia and Chile attempted to qualify for Russian Federation 2018.

The north London side, who won the FA Cup last season but finished fifth, were 2-0 winners over Brighton before the worldwide break and now find themselves in fifth place in the table, six points behind leaders Manchester City.

Sanchez's Chile stunningly missed out on qualifying for the 2018 World Cup after a 3-0 loss to Brazil on a dramatic final day in CONMEBOL on Tuesday.

The Bosnian global has scored twice in eight games for Arsenal in all competitions.

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