Alexis Sanchez and Thierry Henry born to be strikers - Arsene Wenger

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says he saw the same potential in Alexis Sanchez as he did with Thierry Henry when converting him to a central striker.

Sanchez has 11 goals in 14 Premier League games since moving into a central role, having previously been used out wide during his time at the Emirates and previous club Barcelona.

However, the French boss insists that he has all the tools to succeed where Arsenal legend and all-time record goal scorer Henry did the same.

"Sanchez was happy out wide because in his head he was a wide player. When I moved him, honestly it was not a problem. He accepted it very well," Wenger told reporters.

"I had to persuade Thierry. I don't know if it's my greatest achievement. You see that the guy who plays wide can score goals and that he can score even more goals in the centre. I always saw this in Sanchez.

"Although I must honestly say I thought many times when I played him as centre-forward last year, or two years ago, that I was wrong. Because the few times I played him through the middle were not convincing. But this year it clicked very early in the season.

"He has developed very well as a centre forward because he has found a good mixture between coming short and going in behind. He has more freedom as well and he takes advantage of his short technique in the middle much more."