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Arsene Wenger - Alexis Sanchez Was Short Of Preparation

Arsene Wenger - Alexis Sanchez Was Short Of Preparation
7/08/2017

Alexis Sanchez was left out of the squad for the Community Shield against Arsenal and according to Arsene Wenger Sanchez lacked fitness and faces a race to be fit for Arsenal's Premier League opener against Leicester on Friday. 

The Chilean had to watched from the bench as his side drew the game and edged Chelsea via Penalties to take the Community Shield. He returned to the club for training on Tuesday after his Holiday following his involvement in the Confederation Cup.

"I left them all out because some are short of preparation like Alexis Sanchez.

"Mesut had a kick on his ankle which was swollen and he couldn't practise yesterday. He has a little chance to play on Friday night.

"Ramsey has a chance but I think he could be short as well."

Alexander Lacazette replaced Alexis Sanchez to play his first competitive game for Arsenal and was close to scoring his first goal on English soil after a very wonderful counter attack.

"Lacazette is stronger every week," Wenger added. "He had an interesting game today. I believe today is the first time that you have seen physically that he is ready.

"He still needs to adapt to the intensity of the game but overall he had very interesting moves and I believe that after what we have seen today he will become stronger and stronger."


Sead Kolasinac replaced Per Mertesacker after the later got injured during the game, he gave out a very good eye catching performance, crowning it with scoring the equalizer.

"He came on well. He is normally a wing-back, full-back but he can as well play as a centre-back," Wenger said.

"He had a very interesting performance last week and I had a hesitation about playing him because I thought maybe Wembley with the pressure, but when he came on he was outstanding.

"He is physical very strong, naturally. You have players who are pumped up in the gym and you have players who are born strong. He is the second part.

"In the Premier League the power plays a part but it is not only that. I took him too because of attitude.

"The game does not tolerate as many weaknesses as it did 20 years ago. You need the combination of talent and attitude.

"He looks to me like he has the talent but also has a very strong attitude."
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