Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has insisted that Alexis Sanchez’s commitment to the club was never in question for himself.
The Chilean international completed a move to Manchester United in dramatic fashion during the January transfer window as Manchester City lost out on one of their key targets.
Sanchez’s flirtation with leaving the London club left many fans with a sour test in their mouths as they questioned his commitment before he departed to Old Trafford.
United fans couldn’t care less about the former Barcelona man’s so called antics with the Gunners and will only care how he conducts himself with his new team.
Wenger though was honest in his assessment of his former player, making it clear that things weren’t as they seemed when it came to Alexis.
According to Calcio Mercato, Arsene said to BT Sport: “We have not the defensive stability since the start of the season that you need to have to be completely efficient at our level.
“And as well there was a lot of uncertainty around the team with the Sanchez case, the Ozil case. For the whole season that was a really difficult case. In hindsight maybe despite the fact we couldn’t have brought somebody in we should have cut that earlier.
“Sanchez, for him it was very difficult because as soon as he had game that was average he was questioned about his commitment and that is not his case. I never questioned his commitment but it was a difficult situation.”
Alexis Sanchez’s determination and work-rate have already been hailed by Manchester United fans who could clearly witness his ability on the pitch.
Arsene Wenger also previously spoke about how he had to practically force the winger to rest and tried to keep his former player from going into the ‘red’ in terms of fitness.
Sanchez’s desire will only aide United’s quest to return to the top of English football under Jose Mourinho‘s management.
The Red Devils are currently 16 points behind fierce rivals and league leaders Manchester City although they have a game in hand.
The gap can be closed a little when Mourinho’s men face Newcastle but a title challenge has been put out of question by many pundits and critics alike.