Arsene Wenger: Alexis Sanchez was not close to playing for Arsenal

Arsene Wenger says Alexis Sanchez was 'not close' to being fit to feature for Arsenal on Sunday

Arsene Wenger has said that Alexis Sanchez was “not close” to featuring for Arsenal this weekend due to a hamstring injury.

The Chilean, who has been one of the Premier League’s star performers this season, sat out Sunday’s impressive 5-0 victory over Aston Villa at Emirates Stadium.

Goals from Olivier Giroud, Mesut Ozil, Theo Walcott, Santi Cazorla and Hector Bellerin handed Arsenal their biggest win in two-and-a-half years.

When asked about Sanchez’s condition after the game, the Frenchman revealed that the Chilean was not close to being able to play due to the muscular problem.

Quizzed directly about the 26-year-old’s fitness, Wenger told his post-match news conference: “He was not very close today.”

The Arsenal boss also revealed his delight at seeing five different players get on the score-sheet at Emirates Stadium on Sunday.

“I’m pleased that many players scored goals and I’m also pleased that we scored goals that were not only sheer power,” said Wenger.

“We were placing the ball and that shows that you do not always need to hit the ball like mad to score a goal.

“Mesut Ozil showed that, Hector Bellerin showed that. These kinds of goals are more down to technique than power.”

Arsenal’s next game is a Premier League trip to local rivals Tottenham Hotspur for Saturday’s north London derby. The Gunners are currently fifth in the Premier League table.

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