Alexis still not fully fit to start Premier league games – Arsene Wenger

Arsene Wenger

Want away arsenal Striker Alexis Sanchez would have been a Manchester City player this season, if not for Arsenal resolute decision not to let him leave this season, even if they risk loosing him for nothing next season. Ever since then he has not started a Premier league game for Arsenal, people feel he is too distracted from the transfer saga and his is not totally happy.

Arsene Wenger says thats not the case that he is not fully fit due to his extended holiday, coupled with an injury he picked up earlier, but he is being managed to return to full fitness.

“I just try to get him back to full fitness and for me the Europa League and the League Cup is important as well. So I just try to give him competition and to get him back to his best, because I gave him a long holiday and after that long holiday this year he had a real rest. He came back not really fit, it took us time to get him back and then he got injured..

“If you add the injury plus the rest time it was a bit long, but on Wednesday night you could see that he is coming back sharp now and I left him on the pitch as well for 90 minutes because I wanted him to have a real go.

“All the players are in my plans, he’s not more than another. I said I chose the team at Chelsea who can be strong on the counter-attack and fight very hard and Alexis could have played if he was 100 per cent fit at the start, but for me there’s no real hierarchy.

Wenger also believes that Alexis has settled down again after the speculation over his future at the end of the transfer window.

“I think that saying he is distracted is coming into very quick conclusions,”. “He has been out and injured, I thought he was still a bit short physically on Sunday, and I played him against Doncaster to give him more competition.

“The the impression I have is that he’s happy.”

Alexis played the full 90 minutes of Arsenal 1-0 win at Emirates Stadium, six days after starting the Europa League victory against Cologne.

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