Arsene Wenger says he has no doubt about Alexis Sanchez’s ability to focus on the job at hand when Bournemouth visit the Emirates this Saturday.
The Chile international is due back at London Colney after a traumatic two Interlull, during which a move to Manchester City collapsed, his country lost two vital World Cup qualifiers and he’s endured media criticism about his weight, mentality and the influence of his new girlfriend.
Last night Sanchez took to social media to post a simple message “Back Home. [football emoji] Focus. [football emoji] [strong arm emoji] [red emoji] [white emoji]”
Yeah. I wrote out emojis. Sue me.
Anyway, the boss thinks a positive post in Instagram bodes well.
“Yes, of course [it’s a good sign],” he said. “I have no doubt about Alexis’ mind or mentality.
“He needs to come back to full fitness, which he wasn’t at Liverpool. It was his first game.
“He had a negative experience with Chile, but he’s strong mentality and hopefully, he will soon be back to his best.”
The boss also touched on how close Alexis was to leaving for pastures new, although he didn’t want to go into too much detail.
“The transfer market is over. For us, there was a lot going on on that front.
“It’s very difficult for me to speak about that because the most important thing is to focus on the next game.”