Arsene Wenger may have hinted that he’s willing to sell Alexis Sanchez this January if he can find a replacement but he insists that he doesn’t question the player’s passion when he’s on the pitch.
The Chile international is rumoured to be the subject of approaches from both Manchester City and Manchester United and could be tempted to cash in for around £25 million knowing the striker will likely leave on a free in the summer.
Against the backdrop of constant speculation, Alexis started Tuesday’s game against Chelsea on the bench despite questions over Alexandre Lacazette’s fitness.
“Look, I don’t question Alexis’ passion,” said Wenger ahead of Sunday’s trip to Bournemouth.
“When he’s on the football pitch he wants to win, he’s committed.
“I had many conversations about him and we talked about the fact that people are always observing you with a microscope when you’re on a short-term contract, but I’ve never questioned his professional attitude when he’s on the football pitch.
“Alexis wants to win. When he shows frustration, it’s because we didn’t win.”
He added: “He is always fully committed. He never had any problem through his attitude or his commitment.”