It’s normal to worry a bit when a player of Alexis Sanchez’s quality doesn’t find the net in his first 7 or 8 games – epsecially when he misses good chances in those games too.
But today was a reminder that the old adage/cliche about form being temporary and class permanent rings true in football.
The Chilean hit a devastating hat-trick, with a goal in the first half and two in the second to drive the Gunners to a 5-2 win over Leicester today. And afterwards, Arsene Wenger was glad to see the Alexis we remember back in the game.
“He is back to his level,” he said. “He won a big competition with Chile – the Copa America.
“I think as well mentally to adjust to the game on a mental level takes some time. I could see in training a different player in the last week or two and he has shown that today. I believe going forward he always looked dangerous.”
After a week in which Alex Ferguson raised discussion over the term ‘world class’ to help sell his latest interminable book, the Arsenal manager was asked if Sanchez fit that criteria.
“I think so,” he said. “I think I have plenty of players that are world class. You have to understand the definition of that but overall he is a striker who is mobile and works hard for the team.
“When the team plays well he can score goals.”