Arsene Wenger has explained why Alexis Sanchez is struggling to perform for Manchester United

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There hasn’t really been a major winner in the Alexis Sanchez-Henrikh Mkhitaryan trade between Manchester United and Arsenal.

Mkhitaryan may not have disappointed to the level that Sanchez has at Old Trafford, but his performances for Arsenal have hardly been spellbinding.

Both clubs will have expected more from one of the biggest deals of the January transfer window.

Particularly Man United. Sanchez has scored just three goals in the Premier League for the Red Devils.

He looks a shadow of the player who was named Arsenal’s Player of the Season in 2015 and 2017.

“The idea that he now looks the way he does, more than anything I feel sad,” former Manchester United defender Gary Neville admitted when he spoke about the Chilean in October.

“When you see a player struggling like that it's just sad, you know that player has been a great player over the last few years.”

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Wenger on Sanchez's struggles

But how does his former manager feel?

Arsene Wenger appeared on beIN Sports on Wednesday to oversee the Champions League matches and he weighed in on Sanchez’s struggles.

In Wenger’s opinion, the 29-year-old has lost the confidence required to perform at his best.

“I believe he has lost confidence," Wenger said.


"The strength of Alexis Sanchez is to take initiative to dribble and to take people on.

"Those are the players who are most vulnerable when they lose confidence their game is based on that and having that feeling to take initiative, he has lost that slowly.

"Since the start of the season he had a high level of physical energy but he has lost that as well.”

Sanchez has failed to cement a spot in Man United’s starting line-up but he’s led the line in the last two matches due to Romelu Lukaku’s injury.

Still, his return of one goal in 10 matches this season isn’t going to convince Mourinho that he deserves to start more often.

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