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The former France international believes Arsene Wenger should have prioritised other signings before opting to sign the Chile international from Barcelona

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By Shikharr Chandra

Mikael Silvestre believes Arsenal did not need to sign Alexis Sanchez as Arsene Wenger has many other similar players at his disposal.

Sanchez completed his £31.8 million move to Arsenal earlier this month having spent three seasons at Barcelona.

But Silvestre, who played for Arsenal two seasons after nearly a decade at Manchester United, believes Wenger should have prioritised other signings ahead of the Chile international.

"Arsenal have already got that type of player - quick, sharp, fast - they have enough of them already in Theo Walcott, Aaron Ramsey, Mesut Ozil and Santi Cazorla," Silvestre told Goal.

"What they really need is someone like Olivier Giroud, I think that should be their priority at the moment.

"Sanchez could have gone anywhere after his tremendous World Cup but I do not think he is the type of player the club need right now."

Silvestre, who was capped 40 times by his country and went to two World Cup tournaments, also believes Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba will become France's leading star.

"He is 21 and he has consistently been doing well over the [last couple of] years," the 36-year-old noted.

"The way he has been playing for Juventus is very impressive. In the near future he will be a force for France."

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