After a dry spell upon his return from the Copa America, Alexis Sanchez got back to goalscoring ways against Leicester in the Premier League and Wenger insists he’s back to his best.
Speaking to the press post-match, Wenger once again reiterated his point that he knew the Chilean’s late involvement in the Copa America tournament may have an impact on his form during the opening stages of the season.
“He is back to his level,” Wenger said. “He won a big competition with Chile – the Copa America. I think as well mentally to adjust to the game on a mental level takes some time. I could see in training a different player in the last week or two and he has shown that today. I believe going forward he always looked dangerous.”
Alexis’ hat-trick was his first for Arsenal and the perfect way to signal his return to form. However, the boss is being careful not to pile too much pressure on the 26-year-old, insisting that although he thinks Alexis is world class, the title is subjective, and the Chilean isn’t the only player who could fit that description in the team.
“I think [Alexis is world class],” the Frenchman said. “I think I have plenty of players that are world class. You have to understand the definition of that but overall he is a striker who is mobile and works hard for the team. When the team plays well he can score goals.”
The whole team played infinitely better than we have done in previous matches and although we still need to work on our defensive positioning, the overall performance was hugely encouraging.