Arsene Wenger admits that Alexis Sanchez has struggled for form in recent weeks but insists the Chile international will get back to his best soon.
Sidelined by a hamstring problem for two months, the attacker has scored only one goal in seven games since his comeback against Chelsea at the tail end of January.
There’s no hiding that it’s a poor return from last year’s top scorer and a state of affairs that’s exacerbated by the fact his teammates are also misfiring in the final third.
Asked in his pre-Manchester United press conference whether Alexis needs more time to find his feet, Arsene Wenger admitted ‘yes’ before backing the ex-Barcelona player to come good.
“Yes because he’s a highly motivated player and I believe that he’s conscious of it as well. He wants to do even better.
“Let’s focus on the team performance and after that every individual will benefit from a good team performance.”
After Sunday’s test at Old Trafford, the Gunners face a hectic March that takes in six fixtures in three different competitions. It’s a schedule that could well break or make the team’s fortunes in a year where they are bidding to end a 12 year wait for the league title.
Reflecting on the tests ahead, Wenger said: “It is the key period. We work the whole season for this period and that’s where you’re really tested but it’s where you have an opportunity to show your quality as well. On that front, that is the most interesting period of the season.
“You can show quality, nerves and desire as well. We need to focus on the Premier League where we have a big part to play. Everybody drops points and it is unpredictable. We have rebuilt a good run in the Premier League and we need to continue that.
“How many points that will be needed [to win the title]? We don’t know. Let’s not set any limit on the number of points we can get. We have put ourselves in a strong position again. We want to take advantage of that and continue our good run in the Premier League.”