New boy Alexis thanked the Arsenal fans for the warm welcome they gave him over the Emirates Cup weekend, but says he has to work hard to get up to full fitness ahead of the new season.
The Chilean made a Saturday cameo on the 5-1 win over Benfica, and played 73 minutes from the start in yesterday’s 1-0 loss to Monaco. It’s all part of his post-World Cup regime, and he admitted to the official Arsenal website afterwards that fitness was the key for him right now.
“I have to go step by step,” he said. “I have only trained twice with the team. Today I played 70 minutes, I believe I needed it, and I just have to keep on working hard and training.
“I like this style of football. What it is important for me now is to try to play games, to score as many goals and possible and to win titles.
“What it is important now is to play and get fit. I need to get 100 per cent.”
The loudest cheer of the weekend was for his introduction, something that didn’t pass him by.
“I am extremely thankful to all of the fans. I am happy and I hope I can make them very happy as well.”