Alexis Sanchez is a real warrior, and he practically needs to be dragged screaming and kicking from the field in order to prevent him from playing.
The Chilean picked up an injury on Tuesday, a forceful tackle from Matthew Upson leaving him in a crumpled heap during the first half. He battled through the initial pain, but it was clear his knee was causing him a few problems.
Arsene Wenger arguably should have subbed him then and there, as it’s vital to keep our summer signing fit and firing for the rest of the season. He carried on for the remainder of the half, however, and continued to struggle throughout.
No one expected the 26-year-old to take to the field for the second half, but when the whistle went he lined up with the rest of them.
Wenger admitted that he was ready to take him off at half time, but claimed that Sanchez refused to be subbed.
The former Barcelona man took to Twitter with an ominous message following the game, and hinted that he may have aggravated his injury by playing on.
Sometimes the love for the game and anxiety to be on a football pitch works against you ⚽️
— Alexis Sánchez (@Alexis_Sanchez) February 10, 2015
Hopefully he won’t be out for too long, if at all. And fingers crossed he hasn’t done himself too much damage.