Chile boss Juan Antonio Pizzi says he is not concerned about Alexis Sanchez’s recent form for Arsenal as he assures reporters that his players arrive determined and excited, as shown in the video above.
Sanchez has struggled to replicate his form of last season this year, scoring much fewer goals and lacking the same sort of devastating impact in the final third which won him Arsenal’s Player of the Year.
The former Barcelona man has netted just seven times in the Premier League this season, and only once since mid-October as injuries have hindered his progress in recent months.
Responding to reporter questions on his firm, Pizzi however isn’t worried about Sanchez’s form, insisting that the Arsenal playmaker has arrived with a good attitude and excitement ahead of the World Cup qualifiers.
“In Alex’s case, I said last week I have no concerns about his performances, the same as I don’t have any concerns about any other player that plays outside Chile, having played too much or not enough,” he said.
“The squad have arrived with a good attitude, full of excitement.”
Sanchez played the full 90 minutes during Thursday’s 2-1 home defeat to Argentina - the visitors gaining some sort of revenge for their 2015 Copa America Final penalty shoot-out defeat to Chile in Santiago.
The 27-year-old struggled somewhat in the lone forward role, yet his endeavour and work-rate can never be questioned as he harried the Argentine defence and covered plenty of ground.
The biggest problem Sanchez faces is a lack of rest, having played pretty much non-stop football since 2013 what with Chile going far at both the World Cup and Copa America in successive summers.
But the Arsenal favourite is too determined and just wants to play, an admirable trait but one which may have played a part in his fitness troubles and lack of form in recent months.