Sanchez is similar to Messi, Zidane and Beckham at national level – Wenger 


Chile star Alexis Sanchez is similar to Lionel Messi, Zinedine Zidane and David Beckham with his national team, according to Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger.

Sanchez’s Chile missed out on World cup qualification after a 3-0 loss to Brazil on a dramatic final day in CONMEBOL on Tuesday.

“I would say you have in every generation a player who carries the pressure of expectation of a nation,” the Frenchman said.

“In France it was Zidane. In England it was Beckham. We had other players in the team but it was Beckham. Why not [Steven] Gerrard? I don’t know. But it was Beckham.

“In Chile it’s Sanchez. In Argentina of course it’s Messi. It looks like that there is somebody there in a national team who has to carry the pressure and absorb it and protect a little the rest of the team.

“It’s someone normally who likes it a little bit. They like to be on the front line. Overall what does it mean? It means they have to deal with the lows as well.”