Joey Barton: Arsenal's Alexis Sanchez failed to show he is a match-winner against Barcelona

Joey Barton joined Drive for a chat – listen to the full clip above!

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Joey Barton claims Alexis Sanchez missed the chance to prove he is an ‘elite level’ footballer in Arsenal’s Champions League defeat at home to Barcelona.

The Chilean, who moved to the Emirates from the Catalan giants in 2014, returned to action a month ago after being sidelined since the end of November.

He has scored just once since returning – against Barton’s current club Burnley, in the FA Cup – and he went largely unnoticed as Arsene Wenger’s side were beaten 2-0 in the last 16 first leg.

Lionel Messi netted a second-half double as the evening highlighted the dangers of Barca’s front three, rather than the likes of Mesut Ozil and Sanchez, playing against his former club for the first time.

Barton told Adrian Durham and Darren Gough on Drive: “Alexis Sanchez, when he signed for Arsenal, I said a bit about him being slightly inconsistent.

“Whilst everyone was getting carried away with him, I didn’t think he would be the piece in the jigsaw that took Arsenal on to be league champions – ironically this season they have a good chance of doing that.

“We saw that last night, that was a prime opportunity on the elite-level stage – go and be a match-winner, show everybody that you are an elite-level match-winner and I think he failed to do that.

“On the other side of the coin, Messi is a proven elite-level match-winner and he didn’t have his most flamboyant, his most exciting game but he did what the best in the world do.” 

SEE MORE – ‘Who’s improved dramatically – Neymar or Justin Bieber?!’ Joey Barton on comparing the duo in 2013

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