Wenger On Alexis & Wilshere
With Alexis Sanchez and Jack Wilshere making starting appearances against Doncaster Rovers in the EFL Cup, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has been discussing both players.
Discussing Sanchez first, Wenger covered a number of linked topics from explaining that his omissions recently were fitness related and not a 'disguised attitude' over his expiring contract or the failed Manchester City move, and he insisted that there was no pecking order at Arsenal when it came to our strikers.
Sky Sports carry the following quotes from the gaffer when asked the 'attitude' question.
'Not at all. That's going into very quick conclusions. Alexis Sanchez has been out injured and I thought he was still a bit short on Sunday physically. I played him last night to give him competition. I just try to get him back to full fitness, and for me the Europa League and League cup are important as well. I gave him a long holiday, this year he had a real rest. He came back not really fit and then he got injured. The injury plus rest time was a bit long, but last night you could see he's coming back sharp now.'
Wenger insisted that there was no 'disguised attitude' when it came to the non Premier League selection of Sanchez, but simply the player has to accept he rotates given the options available to him.
Asked if Sanchez was central to his plans still.
'All the players are. He's not more than any other. I picked a team at Chelsea to be strong on the counter-attack and fight very hard. Sanchez could have played if he was 100 per cent fit, but for me there's no real hierarchy. I have six or seven strikers, but if I go with three strikers at the weekend, the three who have not played will play in midweek, whatever the competition.'
With Wilshere going into his final 12 months as well, and his injury issues over the years well known about, Wenger repeated the challenge of staying fit when it came to the midfielder and whether he remains an 'Arsenal man'.
'We haven't spoken about a new deal - we have to see how that evolves and what kind of influence he can have on the squad in the whole season.'