Wenger delivers latest Arsenal injury update ahead of Tottenham clash
Alexis Sanchez will miss Saturday's north London derby with a hamstring injury
Alexis Sanchez has been ruled out of Arsenal’s north London derby clash with Tottenham Hotspur due to injury, Arsene Wenger has confirmed.
The Chilean has not featured for the north London side since the 3-2 FA Cup win over Brighton and Hove Albion last month due to a minor hamstring complaint and the 26-year-old will also miss Saturday’s trip to White Hart Lane.
Wenger did, however, reveal that the forward could return to action for the home Premier League clash with Leicester City on 10 February.
“The latest is that Alexis is not ready,” Wenger told Arsenal’s website on Thursday.
“He is not far away, the Leicester game is a possibility. He is of course very difficult to keep quiet! He is training but it’s light training.”
The news will come as a blow for the Gunners, who have seen Sanchez score 12 times and set up seven goals in the Premier League since his £35m transfer to the club from Barcelona last summer.
Arsenal will have forward Danny Welbeck to choose from after the England striker recovered from a thigh injury.
“Welbeck is back in the group,” Wenger added. “Apart from that we have the same squad available as last week.”
The Arsenal boss also delivered updates on midfielders Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Jack Wilshere and Serge Gnabry.
“Jack is back in full training next week, hopefully from Sunday,” he said. “Alex is still out, but he is starting to practice again, not full training.
“Serge will play on Monday night [for the Under-21s] at Newcastle, with [Krystian] Bielik. Bielik is coming along very well.”