The Chile international has started all three games for the Gunners so far in the Premier League and Champions League but he has yet to score a goal for his new club. The 25 year old was substituted at half-time as Arsenal came from two goals down to earn a 2-2 draw at Everton on Saturday.
Wenger has admitted that he had no option but to substitute him at Goodison Park, but feels that the Chilean forward will come good. He said:
At the moment he is not completely ready physically, but I do not worry for him.
He knows that he’s not at his best physically but once he’s at his best physically, the confidence will come back, it’s all linked together.
It’s always difficult to know why the confidence is not at the best, I believe it is mainly physical.
Alexis has struggled somewhat during his last two matches for Arsenal, which resulted in draws against Besiktas and Everton. He was substituted in both games, even coming off at half-time against the Toffees after struggling to adjust to Arsenal’s style of play.
His performances so far have been understandable considering its very challenging to adjust to a new league and a new club, but that hasn’t diminished his effort. He is still a tireless worker and his willingness to harass Everton centre-backs Sylvain Distin and Phil Jagielka, along with his annoyance when team-mates didn’t follow suit, is a positive sign of things to come.
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It shows a player who is ready to fight to win and who will work hard to get better and although he might be struggling now, his talent is not in question. The ideal forward line this season could be Sanchez and a fit-again Theo Walcott flanking powerhouse Giroud, but it’s just going to take a little time to see the plan come to fruition – especially with the Frenchman now injured.
He will obviously need some time to strike an understanding with his new teammates, but he should be able to hit the ground running in the coming weeks. There is really no reason to be worried by his recent performances, once Alexis and his new team-mates click it will be worth the wait.