Ex-Tottenham star: Don’t blame Arsenal manager for Alexis Sanchez injury
Jermaine Jenas discusses Arsenal striker Alexis Sanchez's hamstring injury
Jermaine Jenas says Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger shouldn’t be blamed for Alexis Sanchez’s injury.
The Gunners striker was forced off in the second half of the north London side’s 1-1 draw with Norwich City at Carrow Road on Sunday afternoon.
I’ve never seen a manager actually force a player to play in a match. It’s more likely to happen the other way around
Arsenal are reportedly hopeful that the Chile international will recover from his hamstring problem in time to face Manchester City at The Emirates on 21 December.
Wenger was criticised for playing Sanchez after the Gunners manager flagged up the South American’s “hamstring alarm” following their 3-0 win against Dinamo Zagreb last week.
However, former Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Jenas defended Wenger’s decision to start Sanchez, adding that it is more likely the Arsenal forward had the finaly say on his involvement at Norwich.
“Arsene Wenger has faced questions over his care for Alexis Sanchez after Arsenal’s star player was forced off injured against Norwich on Sunday, a few days after suffering a “hamstring alarm” against Dinamo Zagreb in the Champions League,” Jenas told Yahoo Sport.
“But in those situations Wenger and the Gunners medical staff can only listen to what the player tells them, and Sanchez would have undoubtedly declared himself fit to face the Canaries.
“I’ve never seen a manager actually force a player to play in a match. It’s more likely to happen the other way around. Sanchez is a special breed in terms of his eagerness to play all the time.
“Sanchez would have told Arsenal’s medical staff his hamstring felt tight after the Zagreb game. They would have worked on it during the week with massage and rest, then Sanchez would have trained on Saturday before the Norwich game.
“He obviously came through that session fine, otherwise he wouldn’t have started the match. It’s true that you can’t replicate the match situation in training, so Wenger has rely on what Sanchez – an experienced professional – told him.”
Sanchez has scored six times and has made one assist in 14 Premier League games this season.
The Gunners are in fourth place but a mere two points behind joint leaders Leicester City and Manchester City.