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Joey Barton is the latest to critics Chilean international Alexis Sanchez in their defeat to Barcelona in the UEFA Champions League clash on Tuesday.
He believes Alexis failed to prove he was an “elite-level match-winner” after failing to covert chances to score against Barcelona.
“Alexis Sanchez, when he signed for Arsenal, I said a bit about him being slightly inconsistent,” Barton told talkSPORT.
“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.”