Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has revealed that he fears a burnout for Alexis Sanchez with the Chilean star set compete in this summer’s Copa America following a gruelling season, The Evening Standard.
Alexis was part of the Chile squad which excelled at the World Cup last summer and after playing 50 games for us this season, Wenger is wary of the demands loaded on Alexis.
The boss has struggled to rest Alexis throughout this season due to his desire to play in every game and given that he isn’t one to take multiple rests during the course of 90 minutes, his physical endurance has been tested to the limit.
“I will watch it, but with a little bit of fear because Sanchez has played 50 games for us and goes there again, having already played in the World Cup last summer,” Wenger was quoted as saying.
These circumstances will likely see Alexis miss the start of next season with the Copa America final scheduled on July 4th, almost four weeks before a possible Community Shield fixture.
Wenger tends to hand players a four-week break, especially those involved in international tournaments, which means that the lack of a pre-season could see Alexis suffer from a slow start.
With the fixtures released in the first week of June, we’ll hopefully be handed a favourable start to the Premier League campaign in 2015/16 as we look to build a sustained title challenge.