Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has raised doubt over the long-term fitness of Alexis Sanchez after the claiming the star forward maybe running out of steam.
Sanchez missed the win over Aston Villa and the defeat in the derby earlier this month with a slight hamstring strain.
Upon his return to the team against Leicester City in midweek, our top scorer sustained a kick to his knee early on and was never quite the same thereafter.
“He had not the same intensity in his game as he had until now,” Wenger told reporters (via BBC Sport).
“I’m not sure he was free in his head to sprint as he used to. I don’t know if it was down to the kick he got on his knee, but he was not himself.”
The worry for the boss is that Alexis may have gone into the game rather inhibited, even before he sustained the kick on his knee.
However, watching the game it seemed as though our no.17 was moving freely and pressing with the same intensity he usually does.
Wenger did go on to calm any lingering fears regarding the knock to his knee.
“He has a swollen knee and he cannot move well, but it’s only a kick, nothing else,” the Frenchman continued.
“If he’s not available for Sunday, he will be available next week.”
Alexis featured heavily in training yesterday and seemed to be in good spirit which therefore wouldn’t surprise many to see him in the squad to face Middlesbrough.