Alexis Sanchez continued his fine goalscoring form with the clincher in a 2-0 victory over Brazil but his boss says the Arsenal man was not at his best.

Sanchez scored twice as the Gunners found the net three times in the opening 20 minutes at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday to see off Manchester United.

However he limped off in the second half and was replaced by Kieran Gibbs.

Sanchez then joined up with the Chile squad ahead of their matches with Brazil and then Peru on Tuesday despite suffering from, in Arsene Wenger’s words, ‘a little groin problem’.

Chile boss Jorge Sampaoli couldn’t resist starting Sanchez against Brazil and his gamble paid off as he scored the second goal.

“Alexis also arrived not at his top of form, with pain in the adductor,” he told journalists.

“He couldn’t play at 100% but we thought that for us him not playing was to give too much advantage to our rivals because his presence in our team makes things difficult for our opponents.”


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