Although he was taken off at half-time on Saturday, Arsene Wenger has backed Alexis Sanchez to come good when he’s properly match fit.
The Chilean striker struggled to make much of an impact in a first half in which the same could be said about most of his teammates, and the Arsenal manager believes he’ll regain his confidence when his fitness improves.
“At the moment he is not completely ready physically,’ said the boss said. “He knows he is not at his best physically but when he is his confidence will come back.”
The manager also gave his backing to Olivier Giroud. The Frenchman was the subject of criticism in midweek after his poor display against Besiktas, but made a vital impact in the second half at Goodison Park, as well as scoring the Gunners equaliser.
“You never have to set any limitations for any player,” he said of the former Montpellier man. “For me, he’s improving every year and don’t rule it out that he scores 25.”
Wenger went on to suggest that he might be in the market for another forward – particularly if Lukas Podolski leaves – but outlined the difficulty.
“All of our opponents look for strikers as well and nobody finds a world-class striker available who is better than the strikers you have.”