Arsene Wenger believes Alexis Sanchez is now ‘ready’ to start for Arsenal in the Premier League after getting more minutes under his belt against Doncaster Rovers.
Sanchez has started just one league game so far this term – the 4-0 defeat to Liverpool at Anfield – but played 90 minutes as Arsenal beat Rovers in the Carabao Cup on Wednesday night.
The Chilean provided moments of magic against the League One struggles, including a superb assist for Theo Walcott to score the only goal of the game.
‘For me he needs competition and that’s why I left him on the pitch as well,’ Wenger said of Sanchez after the 1-0 victory at the Emirates.
When pressed whether he could start for the Gunners when they return to league action against West Brom next Monday, the French boss replied: ‘Yes, he should be ready now.’
Wenger was pleased with his side’s bright start to the cup clash – Arsenal created numerous chanced in the first 25 minutes with Olivier Giroud rattling the crossbar – but said the Gunners lost their ‘cohesion’ as the game went on.
‘I believe that we started well and in the first 25 minutes had a good pace in our game and good flow,’ he said.