Alexis Sanchez will win the fans back before long according to Arsène Wenger, after the Chilean was booed by some sections of the Gunners’ support on Saturday.
Replaced by Danny Welbeck in the starting line up, Alexis came on late in the game against Bournemouth, and when his name was announced there was a mixture of cheers and jeers. Although the cheers were louder and Alexis’ song was sung a couple of times afterwards, it’s clear some fans aren’t quite sure what to think about Sanchez right now.
Arsène Wenger told the BBC after the game: “Alexis Sanchez is very focused on the Premier League and the Europa League and he wants to do well. He is still a bit short physically. He will be quickly back to his best. He will win the fans back, and win them back very quickly.”
Alexis was very close to a move on deadline day according to reports, and only ended up remaining with the Gunners because Thomas Lemar’s deal to join Arsenal from Monaco didn’t go through.
The Chilean also put in a very bad performance against Liverpool at Anfield, though he looked much improved in his limited minutes against Bournemouth.
If the forward puts his head down and plays like he did on Saturday for the next few games, Wenger is probably right that the Arsenal fans will quickly forget what happened in August.
Ultimately it’s down to Alexis though.
The team showed that they can perform without him against Bournemouth, so it’s up to the Gunners’ top scorer last campaign to show that he can be just as important this year, and that he won’t mope about when things go against the team.