Arsenal manager, Arsène Wenger, has insisted he is not making an example of Alexis Sanchez, by starting him only in cup competitions so far.
Sanchez tried to force a move to Manchester City before the summer transfer window closed, but ended up staying at the Emirates in the final year of his current deal.
Wenger has used him since as a starter in the Europa League and Carabao Cup, but only as a substitute in the Premier League. But the Frenchman maintains that Sanchez’s focus is on the job in hand at Arsenal and giving his best for the final year of his contract at the club.
“Alexis is not distracted, not at all – I think that is coming to very quick conclusions,” Wenger said.
“He has been out and injured. I thought he was still a bit short physically on Sunday [at Chelsea] and I played him against Doncaster to give him more competition. Is he happy at the club? That is the impression I have, yes.
“There is no disguised attitude on my side [over the selection policy]. I just try to get him back to full fitness and for me the Europa League and the League Cup is important, as well.
“I just try to give him competition and to get him back to his best because I gave him a long holiday. He came back not really fit and it took us time to get him back and then he got injured. If you add the injury plus the rest time it was a bit long but against Doncaster, you could see that he is coming back sharp now. I left him on the pitch, as well, for 90 minutes because I wanted him to have a real go.”