Arsene Wenger has conceded that he rushed Alexis Sanchez back into action after the Chilean’s Copa America exploits, which have had an impact on the player’s on-field contributions.
Sanchez scored the winning penalty in a shoot-out against Argentina to give his side a memorable triumph, which led the former Barcelona man to miss the return to training in North London and the Community Shield victory over Chelsea.
However, Sanchez came off the bench during the opening day defeat to West Ham United and has featured in every game since; including the Gunners midweek success over North London rivals Arsenal.
Speaking to the media ahead of Arsenal’s Premier League clash with Leicester City, Wenger admitted the forward was rushed back into action but stated he was not concerned about Sanchez’ lack of form.
“I played him very early. I played him before he was fit physically.”
“History tells us that it can be difficult after winning a major trophy. But it will come back, I don’t worry for Alexis Sanchez.”
Sanchez was a key-player for Arsenal last season, who successfully defended their FA Cup crown, but his contributions this season have not seen the Chilean continue his fine-form from his inaugural season in the Premier League.
Arsenal will be hoping this changes quickly ahead of an extremely important week, where Arsenal travel to Leicester City before hosting Olympiacos and Manchester United.