Wenger: This 20-year-old Arsenal star brought out the best in Sanchez

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Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has identified the star who could help Alexis Sanchez thrive as a striker.

Arsene Wenger has freely admitted he is still identifying Alexis Sanchez's best position, with the Chilean's versatility a key reason he signed the World Cup star.

He played out wide during the first half of the Emirates Cup against Monaco, and after Olivier Giroud was substituted, moved into a centre-forward role.

It was here which Wenger gave his view that the attacker shone, and put his display down to one man, substitute Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

Wenger told Arsenal.com: "He looked better in the second half than in the first. But that was also because Oxlade-Chamberlain gave us something we needed - some penetration and some power."

The Arsenal boss also stated that Arsenal's players must adjust to Alexis as much as he must get used to them, and so any player who helps get the best out of him with will aid their own chance in terms of selection.

Oxlade-Chamberlain is one of several players competing for spots in Arsenal's midfield, since converting to playing centrally last season.

The 20-year-old has a point to prove after missing the first half of last season, and then the World Cup, both through injury, and will want to make up for lost time.

Wenger has already commented this off-season that he wants more pace in his side, and Oxlade-Chamberlain's direct style lends itself towards this.

Wenger added on Sanchez: "He makes good runs in behind and today I felt that we had problems feeding our strikers because we were not very good in the build up and our combination play was very poor. Our play forward was very poor so it was very difficult for the strikers today."

One player will help with this, and that is Mesut Ozil when he returns from his World Cup enforced holiday break, but the Ox's pass and move style is also one reminiscent of the Chile team Sanchez was a part of at the World Cup.

Arteta, Wilshere and Cazorla started the game against Monaco, and were overshadowed by Oxlade-Chamberlain's cameo. With a battle for places ensuing, the Englishman has just elevated his name up the pecking order, and his 'power' offers a physicality the aforementioned trio lack.

Do you think Oxlade-Chamberlain can become a starter? Will he link up well with Alexis regularly?

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