Arsenal’s new German centre back Shkodran Mustafi might have been thoroughly tested by Edinson Cavani on Tuesday night, but he was appreciative of the threat that Alexis Sanchez posed to Paris Saint-Germain.
Sanchez snatched a point for the north London outfit with his 78th minute strike, in a match that the Gunners were fortunate to escape from without conceding four or five.
The Chilean was preferred to Olivier Giroud, who was shown a red card after coming on a second half substitute, as Arsenal’s sole striker but didn’t receive enough service to thrive upon while being eased about by the PSG defence.
However the former Barcelona man improved in the latter stages, and ultimately started pulling the strings offensively.
Mustafi was full of praise for Alexis as he said, as reported by the club’s official website: “I think in football today, modern football, it is not as static as it was and that’s what makes the game so quick and so difficult. If you are a defender you have to run all over the pitch to chase your striker and it is always difficult.
“I think we all know Alexis has qualities and he knows where to stand to give opponents a difficult game. You have to give him credit for that.”
Despite the arrival of Lucas Perez and Giroud’s return to full fitness, Arsene Wenger still opted to play Sanchez as a striker in the Champions League. But Sanchez is more effective playing deeper, either on the wing or in a central position, where he can assess what’s in front of him and decide his next move accordingly.