Arsene Wenger has backed ‘hyperactive’ Alexis Sanchez to do even better this season than he did in his stellar first campaign with the club.
The Chilean scored 24 goals following his £30m arrival from Barcelona, and despite being at the Copa America, has returned in what the manager calls ‘good shape’.
It’s likely he’ll be used from the start against Crystal Palace this weekend, and the Frenchman is hopeful his second most expensive signing can drive the team towards its targets this season.
“He came back reasonably fit,” he said. “He practised for two weeks before he came back. He did not start from zero. In training now, he looks alright.
“I knew before the start that, once he was here, he would be difficult to stop. So I gave him a long enough break. He had four weeks off, which is quite reasonable. He finished on July 3 and he came back on August 3!”
And with the new season in need of an injection of something after the defeat to West Ham, Alexis could be the man to provide it.
“He works extremely hard in every single training session to show that he is ready. I think what he does is, for me, normal.
“It is what everybody should do. You wonder if he has created a beach at home, and runs along the living room! He is a hyperactive guy.
“This season, he knows what is expected from him, and he will do better than last year.
“He is very ambitious, Alexis. He wants to win. He knows he won the FA Cup, he wants now to look to get more. And he is a winner.”