As Arsenal look ahead to playing Manchester City in the Premier League on Sunday, doubts have been expressed over Alexis Sanchez from certain quarters.
The question of whether he’d be fully motivated against a team he almost joined in the summer has been raised, and similarities drawn to the situation involving Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain before he joined Liverpool.
The England international played his part in a hapless Arsenal performance that day, a team display Arsene Wenger described subsequently as an ‘accident’, but the Frenchman has no worries over Sanchez when it comes to Sunday’s crunch clash.
“I am not concerned because I am not suspicious of the performances or the desire to win of a football player,” he said.
“When you are a football player, you have a social contract with the rest of the team and I never question that.
“Once you don’t respect that, it’s difficult to say that you play football.”
Earlier Wenger was also positive over the fact that the Chilean has scored just twice from nine Arsenal appearances this season, saying the goals would return soon.
“I’m not worried about it,” he said. “He works hard and it will come back quickly.
“He just has not to worry too much. I know you always say that to strikers and they still worry but over a longer period he has always scored and that will come back.”