Arsene Wenger reveals Alexis Sanchez Arsenal injury concern
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger reveals that Alexis Sanchez has been struggling with a minor hamstring injury
Arsene Wenger has revealed that Alexis Sanchez has been suffering from a minor hamstring problem in recent days as Arsenal prepare for their Premier League trip to Norwich City on Sunday.
The Chile international has been one of the north London club’s standout performers this season and scored twice in Arsenal’s 3-0 win over Dinamo Zagreb in the Champions League on Tuesday night.
When there are alarming signs we want to make the right decision
There have been concerns about the forward’s fitness levels in recent weeks after a gruelling start to the season for the 26-year-old.
Sanchez was not afforded much time off over the summer after his involvement in the Copa America with Chile and has been a regular fixture in Wenger’s first team this season.
Now, the Arsenal boss has revealed that Sanchez has been carrying a hamstring complaint in recent days, but suggested that he is not planning to rest the forward ahead of Sunday’s trip to Carrow Road.
Wenger told a news conference on Thursday: “Spontaneously it might not be the best moment to rest Alexis but I don’t know. He had a little hamstring alarm but we will see how he recovers from that.
“I take information, especially from medical people who know him and treat him everyday. After that we will look at his overall recovery as well, but overall when there are alarming signs we want to make the right decision at the right moment.
“As long as the guys are in confidence, they score goals. It is always difficult to rest them.
“You always think that he knows himself well and he looks [tired] sometimes because when he does something he does it 100 per cent.
“So he finishes and you think, ‘He’s dead now’. But then he recovers and gives 100 per cent again. So you always see signs of exhaustion but it’s not that because two days later he’s fine.
“His style is very explosive and very committed. [Jamie] Vardy is a bit similar. They go when they go.
“They are like the lion, he has to catch the animal in the first 200 metres. If he doesn’t get there, after he’s dead.
“They are these kind of killers. When they go, it is to kill and after they have to stop.
“His resistance is remarkable. What is also remarkable is that he goes to South America, he comes back Thursday night and on Saturday he can play without a problem even if he’s jet-lagged. He would have been a perfect tennis player.”