Date: 15th July 2014 at 10:25am
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Jamie Carragher has become the latest in a long line of people connected with Liverpool Football Club to comment on Arsenal`s signing of Alexis Sanchez.

Whilst Carra`s comments aren`t quite as bitter as Phil Thompson`s you get the sense that the former Liverpool defender is reaching a little for something to complain about.

Carragher claims that whilst Sanchez is a great signing he will impede the progress of young English players Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Theo Walcott as the Chilean forward can occupy similar areas of the pitch.

Speaking on Sky Sports he said “I think it`s a great signing for Arsenal, I`m disappointed he hasn`t chosen Liverpool. I thought he may have become involved with the Luis Suarez deal, so it`s a blow for Liverpool to lose Suarez and miss out on him.”

“He`s a great signing for Arsenal and he`s something that they need as well. I`m not sure where he`s going to play because I don`t think he`s an out-and-out centre forward.”

“It may impact on Theo Walcott and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, we`re talking about young English players, but his predominant position for Barcelona is in the wide areas.”

“For Chile he played through the middle and he could do that, but I don`t think he`s an out-and-out centre-forward and that may have an impact on Walcott and Oxlade-Chamberlain getting in the Arsenal team.”

Whilst any player coming into the club has the potential to keep another player out of the side, competition for places is only a good thing. Theo Walcott himself is the same age as Sanchez and there is no reason the both can`t play on the same pitch at the same time.

The Ox is more suited to the central role and many of his best games have come from deeper lying roles.

Carragher seems to forget that he wanted Sanchez at Liverpool despite the fact Alexis could have kept players like Sterling, Lallana or Sturridge out of the side.

Smacks of sour grapes to me.

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