‘Exceptional’ Sanchez delights Wenger

Arsene Wenger lauded the performance of match winner Alexis Sanchez after Arsenal’s 2-0 win over West Brom – but was left puzzled by the decision of many supporters to stay at home.

Chilean forward Sanchez put the Baggies to the sword with two first-half goals as Arsenal eased to all three points at the Emirates Stadium.

And after Sanchez has struggled for form and fitness at times this term, Wenger believes the former Barcelona star is now back to his best.

“He looks like it, yes, he’s back sharper, more confident. Especially in the first half I thought he was exceptional,” the Arsenal boss told Sky Sports.

On Sanchez’s sixth-minute opener, he added: “It helped (us) to focus more on the way we played than on being anxious about the consequence of the result.

“I believe that we did the job in a serious way. Maybe we should have scored more goals, but the quality of our game was good.”

The result moved Arsenal back above Manchester City into third in the Premier League, and was a serious boost to their chances of securing Champions League qualification.

However, reports prior to the match suggested as many as 2,500 season ticket holders were not attending the game in protest to the club’s underachievement this season.

Furthermore, some fans in attendance continued their protests against Wenger’s management, as Arsenal are all but guaranteed to finish the campaign trophyless.

“I don’t know why the fans stayed away,” the Frenchman said.

“It’s Thursday night, it’s not easy and I do not want to comment on that. I’m commenting on football.”