Arsene Wenger says want-away striker, Alexis Sanchez is still on the path to rediscover his form, after a rough start to the season for the forward.
Sanchez helped Arsenal to a 3-1 win over Cologne in their first match in the Europa League, after kickoff was delayed for one hour at the Emirates due to crowd congestion.
The Chile international is set to be a free agent and has cut a frustrated figure after seeing his move to Manchester City fall through.
“We had a slow start and there was accidental goal. After that, it was important not to concede and panic and put more pace into our game. From then. we controlled the game and won convincingly in the end,” Wenger told BT Sport .
“I think Sanchez is still running after his best form. He is a fantastic football player but physically he has just come back. But he has it in his locker to do something special, which he did.
“We want to do well in all the best competitions and I had an experienced team today, even though I made nine changes. They are all top-class players. There is no hierarchy in the squad.”