Maurizio Sarri unfazed by Chelsea ace's performance against Arsenal

The player is expected to start in the Community Shield on Sunday

Chelsea signed Alvaro Morata from Real Madrid for a record transfer fee of £60 million last summer, to fill the sizable boots of Diego Costa who left them to join his former club Atletico Madrid.

Despite a dazzling start in England, with eight goals in his first seven games, the Spaniard struggled to find his feet in the Premier League last season. He also struggled with a mysterious back injury which kept him sidelined for a long period.

The Spain International just scored 15 goals 47 appearances in all competitions during the 2017-18 campaign, with 11 of them coming in the Premier League. He even missed out on Spain’s World Cup squad after his underwhelming debut season in the Premier League.

The 25 year old future’s has been uncertain this summer and has been linked with a return to Serie A, with his former club Juventus and AC Milan interested in him.

The Blues also have been in lookout for a new striker and have been linked with a move for Bayern Munich star Robert Lewandowski and Juventus striker Gonzalo Higuain.

However, the player has has actively taken part in pre-seaon training and impressed in a 1-1 International Champions Cup draw with Inter on Saturday. But he again struggled to make an impact against Arsenal on Wednesday, as he missed a first half penalty.

Club’s new manager Maurizio Sarri, who urged Morata earlier to up his game, insists he has no concerns over his form and claimed tiredness was the reason he struggled.

‘I don’t know if he is not confident,’ said Sarri as quoted by Metro.

‘Maybe he was tired.

‘The last three days for him were very intense, so maybe this match he was a bit tired.

‘I am not worried about Morata.’

The Spanish striker is still expected to start against Manchester City in the Community Shield on Sunday as both Olivier Giroud and Michy Batshuayi are yet to return from their holidays.

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