Arsene Wenger responds to claims Alexis Sanchez needs a rest at Arsenal
Arsene Wenger reveals that he is not planning to rest Alexis Sanchez until Arsenal's injury crisis subsides
Arsene Wenger has revealed that he is planning to give Alexis Sanchez a much-needed break as soon as Arsenal’s injury crisis is over.
The Gunners are without a number of first-team players, including the likes of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Theo Walcott and Danny Welbeck as they prepare for their Premier League clash at West Bromwich Albion on Saturday afternoon.
There have been concerns about Sanchez’s fitness levels after a gruelling start to the season for the Chile international, who did not have much of a summer break following his involvement in the Copa America.
However, Wenger insists that he is going to continue to play the forward out of necessity until he has more attacking options available to him.
Wenger told a news conference at Arsenal’s training ground on Thursday: “I am worried because before he went away with Chile he was a bit jaded. But if I ask him ‘are you tired?’ you can guess the answer.
“At some point I will give him a break. At the moment I am a bit short because there’s no [Alex] Oxlade-Chamberlain, no [Aaron] Ramsey, no [Theo] Walcott, no [Jack] Wilshere, no [Danny] Welbeck.
“There are not many offensive positions where I can rotate.”
Arsenal head into Saturday’s game in second place in the Premier League and on the back of their 1-1 draw with Tottenham before the international break.