Alexis Sanchez is unfortunately set to miss a chunk of the season with a hamstring injury, after the Chilean limped off against Norwich clutching his leg. Arsene Wenger has sent him back to his homeland however, and believes being back in Chile should give him a double boost, as reported by London24.
The former Barcelona star had looked dangerously close to the red zone for a while, and hasn’t really looked himself for most of this season. There were calls for the 26-year-old to be given a rest, and it seems one is now going to be forced upon him.
Wenger believes there is no risk of the long flight having an adverse effect on Alexis’ injury, and stressed that there were numerous advantages to sending him home.
“No [there’s no risk]. He is used to working there with the national team physio,” Wenger said.
“I think it will have a double benefit. He will not be miserable here, he will be well-treated there and it will give him a kind of mid-season break, which is what you all want!”
Trusting the international physios doesn’t seem like the best idea, as our talismanic forward has been regularly utilised for Chile despite carrying injuries. Being at home with friends and family should certainly speed Alexis’ recovery though, and hopefully it provides him with the mid-season break he needs to get some rest and return to full fitness. He’s unquestionably looked a little burnt out at times, and we saw last season how devastating an in-form Alexis can be.
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We’re badly lacking options in the wide areas, so really can’t afford to be without him for too long. Joel Campbell and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain have obviously both shown promise, but we can’t rely on them to supply what we’re missing through Alexis’ absence.