Alexis Sanchez is not fat: Arsene Wenger

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He's a team player, that's why the coaches love him.

"He was not completely physically ready to start three games in a week and certainly for Chile he was not completely ready as well".

"I'm pleased with the win and the way we played,"said Wenger after the game".

"It was nearly back to the performances of the first two games really".

However, the England global is now fully fit and scored his first Premier League brace since playing for Manchester United in 2013, as well as laying on an assist for Alexandre Lacazette, in the victory against Bournemouth.

But Welbeck's 50th-minute goal - fired hard and low across Begovic from the left-hand side of the area - ensured Arsenal would cruise through the remainder of the second-half.

Arsene Wenger has dismissed claims that Alexis Sanchez has returned to Arsenal overweight and insists he is fully committed to the Gunners despite his failed move to Manchester City. The one thing you need to do in this situation is be good early on, get a foothold in the game and try to build confidence from that point. It's fair to argue that he is the most clinical finisher in England.

Alexis Sanchez was successful with 78 per cent of his attempted passes against Bournemouth
Alexis Sanchez was successful with 78 per cent of his attempted passes against Bournemouth

"I had a chat with him after the game, he didn't look unhappy".

It's why the performance, and what he produced against Bournemouth, will give Wenger a nice headache over the coming weeks. The England global has scored three goals so far this season, one more than he managed in 16 appearances last season.

The Gunners made a return to winning ways at the Emirates Stadium following back-to-back Premier League defeats on the road before the worldwide break.

Sanchez was Arsenal's top goalscorer last season, hitting 30 goals, also aiding his side's cause with 19 assists.

With Chelsea looming on the horizon next weekend, Arsenal fans will be hoping for a razor-sharp Sanchez at Stamford Bridge.

Andrew Mangan is one of ESPN FC's Arsenal bloggers.

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