Arsene Wenger has played down concerns over Alexis Sanchez’s form and says he expects the forward to soon return to his best at Arsenal.
The Chile star hasn’t scored in eight matches for Arsenal this season after helping his country win the Copa America this summer.
Sanchez has looked decided rusty since his return to the Emirates, but Wenger is backing the club’s £32million signing from Barcelona last summer to soon return to the form of last term.
“It takes time to settle and come back to your best,” Wenger told a press conference ahead of Arsenal’s trip to face Leicester on Saturday. “I’m not worried aboutand I’m confident he will score.”
One player who has caught the eye this week is French midfielder Mathieu Flamini, who scored both goals as the Gunners claimed a 2-1 win at Tottenham in the Capital One Cup in midweek.
Wenger admitted after the game that Flamini has been told he’ll be a bit-part player this season, but admits he was impressed with his attitude on Wednesday.
“Flamini has shown what a character he is. He has used his frustration in a positive way.
“It shows we have a strong squad. I have great confidence in these players.”
“We showed how to fight on Wednesday night. The game was about commitment and mental resources which we showed.”
Wenger will take time to assess his players before finalising his side to face Leicester, but he says he has no concerns over Gabriel following his altercation with Chelsea striker Diego Costa last week.
Gabriel was dismissed against the Blues, but has since had the red card rescinded and is available to take on the in-form Foxes.
“He was sorry about what had happened,” Wenger said of the Brazilian defender. “He is a fighter. In training he has been completely focused.”
Wenger also says Francis Coquelin is progressing well after missing out in midweek with a knee injury and also says his fellow Frenchman Mathieu Debuchy is ready to challenge Hector Bellerin for the right-back slot in the side.
“He is coming back to best,” Wenger said of the former Newcastle defender. “He is mentally very strong and committed to compete with Hector.”