Wenger Has No Alexis Doubts
Manager Arsene Wenger has said he has no doubts when it comes to Alexis Sanchez performing for Arsenal this season following the closure of the transfer window.
With Alexis returning home from international duty with an Instagram message of 'Back home. Focus.' Wenger wasn't surprised that this was the attitude Sanchez came back with because having worked with the Chilean for a number of years, he knows exactly what he is like and he doesn't believe the deadline day drama with Manchester City or Thomas Lemar would factor in his performances moving forward.
Speaking to the Official Site as he held his pre game press conference ahead of the Bournemouth clash, Sanchez was obviously a topic of conversation - as was deadline day itself.
'I have no doubt about Alexis` mind and mentality that people question. He needs to come back to full fitness, which he was not at Liverpool. It was his first game. He suffered, he had a negative experience now with Chile but he is strong mentally and hopefully he will be back very quickly to his best.'
Pressed on how close he was to leaving on deadline day, Wenger did his best to skip the conversation on.
'I believe that the transfer market is over. There was a lot going on, on that front - so overall it`s very difficult for me to speak about that. The most important for us now is to focus on the next game.'
Wenger was also asked whether Alexis departing hinged on Lemar arriving, and the said 'that's what I read everywhere, yes' given nothing away in typical fashion but he did go on to add.
'My view is that it`s very difficult to speak about that because Lemar is now in Monaco and has to focus on Monaco. Alexis is here and focuses here. After that, I believe as well we have to keep a certain confidentiality about the transfer negotiations and the transfer market is part of that. Many things happen in the last second, and I regret that. That`s why I believe it`s important that we change that transfer window and close all that stuff before the championship starts.'
He went on to say.
'Even in the games, you sit there before the games and even in players` minds they have no clarity. Are they in? Are they out? Are they half in? Are they half out? Are they tapped up in the afternoon of the game by people who want to get them out? It`s not the way to work and it`s uncomfortable. Every single manager in the league would agree that it`s time to kick that out before the season starts and not continue to have players in the dressing room who are half out and half in.'
With the news that the Premier League have agreed to close the buying window early from next season, that could make summer deals even more interesting - especially given it's World Cup year.