The Arsenal striker Alexis Sanchez went away to play two World Cup Qualifiers for Chile, but was hardly fully match fit and his country lost both matches and could now struggle to reach the World Cup Finals next summer. After those games one of his former coaches said that he was fat and unfit amongst other things…
Arsene Wenger only played Sanchez for the last 15 minutes against Bournemouth on Saturday, and admitted that he is not quite ready to play a full game, but denied he is anywhere near ‘fat’. “He is disciplined, serious and committed,” Wenger said after the game. “He is focused. He told me he is focused on the Premier League and Europa League. On top of that Chile had a bad experience, but he came back full of desire and was ready to play.
“He is not fat. His fat percentage is under ten, so that’s not fat, but you know how it is when you don’t win, people find every problem for you.
“He was not completely physically ready to start three games in a week and certainly for Chile he was not completely ready as well.”
I wonder if Wenger will give him another half-hour against Koln on Thursday to get his match fitness up, because we really need him to be firing on all cylinders by Sunday!
Onwards and Upwards!