Arsene Wenger admits it was “unusual” to start Alexis Sanchez at Manchester United only two days after the forward returned from international duty.
Arsenal manager Wenger had warned Chile that playing Sanchez against Uruguay would be “suicidal”, due to the risk of aggravating the 27-year-old’s hamstring injury.
However, the former Barcelona man scored twice for La Roja, before playing the full 90 minutes as Arsenal showed the mettle of champions to escape from Old Trafford with a 1-1 draw.
“It’s very unusual [to play someone after that],” Wenger told the club’s official website. “I chose him because Alexis is a guy who can take people on and I knew that would be a quality that would work.
“He is good on the counter-attack, good in short spaces as well. He’s always a player who is not scared of anybody.
“He played very well in the first half but we didn’t give him enough service in the second half because we dropped off too much and we played too many balls in our own half.
“We didn’t give him enough support by coming out more. For a guy who played a decisive game on Wednesday morning, and then travelling after, it’s remarkable.”