Sevilla boss Jorge Sampaoli has backed Alexis Sanchez to turn Arsenal’s season around, labelling the forward ‘one of the best in the world’.
Sampaoli coached Sanchez during his stint in charge of Chile, with the duo winning the Copa America title together.
He was speaking ahead of Sevilla’s Champions League last-16 second leg at Leicester on Tuesday evening with the La Liga side two one up from the first fixture.
Sanchez is set to leave the Gunners in the summer having had a series of rows with boss Arsene Wenger, but returned to the starting line-up for their last two matches.
“He is a top player, one of the best forwards in the world I would say,” Sampaoli said.
“I was lucky to enjoy sharing a time with him in the national team, we went to the World Cup and won a Copa America together. It was a very satisfying moment of my career and great to share it with Alexis.
“He is one of the best strikers in the world and irrespective of the team not going through the best patch of form at the moment, he is a player who can change that.
“Hopefully they will be able to depend on him so he will be able to turn things around as a player within that team.”