Arsene Wenger explains why Alexis Sanchez played against Manchester United

21/11/16

Arsene Wenger has revealed he selected Alexis Sanchez for the match against Manchester United due to his fearlessness, describing the forward’s recovery time over the last week as “remarkable”.

Sanchez’s availability for the match on Saturday was uncertain with the Chilean sustaining an injury set-back while on international duty last week.

However the 27-year-old did featured for his country in the 3-1 win over and then played the full 90 minutes against the Red Devils as Arsenal battled back to earn a 1-1 draw.

Sanchez impressed during the contest at Old Trafford and now Wenger has hailed his forward’s efforts for his club after returning from international duty late in the week as “remarkable”.

And the French manager has praised Sanchez’s fearlessness against United but also feels the rest of the side didn’t do enough at times to support the striker.

Wenger said, as reported by the club’s official website following Saturday’s match with United: “It’s very unusual to play someone after that. I chose him because Alexis is a guy who can take people on and I knew that would be a quality that would work.

“He is good on the counter-attack, good in short spaces as well. He’s always a player who is not scared of anybody.

“He played very well in the first half but we didn’t give him enough service in the second half because we dropped off too much and we played too many balls in our own half. We didn’t give him enough support by coming out more.

“For a guy who played a decisive game on Wednesday morning, and then travelling after, it’s remarkable.”

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