Arsene Wenger has warned fans not to over-expect from Alexis Sanchez if the Chile forward returns in time for Arsenal’s game at Liverpool this weekend.
Sanchez did not partake Arsenal’s first two games of the season with an abdominal injury, but Wenger is hoping he will be available at Anfield after returning to full training last week.
“We’ll see how he goes through the week,” Wenger said. “He was out with a muscular strain and hopefully he will survive the tests first before he comes back. He’s not played now for six weeks and it’s difficult to be at your best in the first game straight away.”
Wenger was als blasted after that game for fielding a back three that included two left-backs in Nacho Monreal and Sead Kolasinac, with Per Mertesacker on the bench and Rob Holding left out of the squad all together.
“We conceded three last week so I changed a bit because [Shkodran] Mustafi came back and Holding had lost a little bit of confidence,” he said. “In preseason, centrally, we did quite well. When you lose a game, you lose a game, but we didn’t lose against Stoke only because of bad defending on the ball. When you have the number of chances we had away from home and you don’t score, you can always complain about the offence and defence.
“We’ve lost one game so I can understand [negativity], but overall I believe that there were a lot of positives in the game. We created many chances, we had great domination, but unfortunately we dropped three points.”
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