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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is convinced that Alexis Sanchez is too selfish when he plays out, according to a report in The Mirror. Same report went on claiming that the Copa America winner has been utilized as the spearhead of the Gunners attack this season because it better suits the needs of the team.
The Frenchman believes he has learned to control the Chilean moods and believes he will get more out of the temperamental South American this season.
The Mirror report that Wenger sat down with the former Barcelona star in the summer and explained his plans to play him through the middle rather than out wide this season, and make it clear he will have to accept being rested and rotated.
Wenger is said to be concerned that the Chilean was too selfish whenever he played on the wing and did not always consider to track back enough, so is keen to make him work from a more central attacking positiong.
The £32million signing has started four of Arsenal’s five matches this season in the spearhead role and was a substitute in the weekend win over Southampton after arriving back in the UK late last Thursday after being on international duty.
Sanchez responded by scoring a late equaliser against Paris Saint-Germain in Tuesday’s Champions League opener.
Chilean forward Sanchez was difficult to manage last season as he was desperate to play every game, wanted to rush back too quickly after injuries and even threw strops when substituted.