Arsene Wenger has admitted Alexis Sanchez is struggling with the physicality of the Premier League…
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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has admitted that £35m signing Alexis Sanchez is not ‘ready physically’, after the Chilean endured a difficult start to the Premier League season.
The Daily Mail comments on the summer arrival from Barcelona, who started up-front during the Gunners 2-2 draw against Everton, but was withdrawn at half-time after a lacklustre display.
Sanchez is likely to lead the line against Besiktas in next week’s Champions League play-off second leg, after an injury to Olivier Giroud, but Wenger has admitted that he had no option but to substitute him at Goodison Park.
“At the moment he is not completely ready physically,” Wenger said. “He knows he is not at his best physically but when he is his confidence will come back.”
Giroud took a knock to his ankle at the end of the game with Everton, which will likely hand Sanchez another chance to impress when Arsenal host their Turkish opponents on Wednesday.
Wenger admitted that the absence of Giroud will be a big loss to his team: He said: “We looked much more dangerous (after Giroud came on). I knew we were dominating the game in the second half and we needed some physical presence up front. That presence was very important. He had a very good second half.”