Wenger delivers latest Arsenal injury update ahead of West Ham opener
Arsene Wenger delivers Arsenal fitness updates on Alexis Sanchez, Danny Welbeck and Tomas Rosicky
Arsene Wenger is not expecting Alexis Sanchez to be available for selection when Arsenal take on West Ham United in their Premier League opener on Sunday afternoon.
The Chile international returned to training with the north London club this week after being granted an extended summer holiday following his involvement in the Copa America.
Sanchez will only have a handful of days of pre-season training under his belt when Arsenal take on West Ham at the weekend, and Wenger admits that the 26-year-old is unlikely to feature.
“Alexis is back in training but I don’t think he will be involved on Sunday, it is a bit early maybe,” Wenger told Arsenal’s website. “We have to decide that at the end of the week, but I don’t think he will be involved.”
Wenger also admitted that he was not surprised to see Sanchez return to London Colney in top physical shape ahead of his second season at the north London club.
“Alex without running around is not Alex, you know,” he said. “You can’t imagine him lying on the beach somewhere and not moving!
“He came back in good fitness shape so that is quite positive, but I am not surprised by that because I can’t imagine him lying around for four weeks and doing nothing. That wouldn’t be him.”
Meanwhile, there was some bad news for Arsenal after midfielder Jack Wilshere was ruled out for a number of weeks with a hairline crack to his left fibula.
“The information you have heard about Jack Wilshere is right,” Wenger said.
“I had a bad surprise because it is a hairline crack in his fibula that makes him a few weeks out.
“There is minimal damage apart from the bone damage – there is no damage at all apart from that. It was a collision in training and it was all completely accidental.”
The Arsenal boss, whose side finished third and won the FA Cup last season, also revealed that striker Danny Welbeck is not quite fit for Sunday’s clash as he continues to recover from the knee injury that affected him in the latter stages of last season.
“We have Welbeck on a progressive recovery and [Tomas] Rosicky on a progressive recovery,” he said.
“He [Welbeck] is not too far away, but he is not ready for Sunday.”