Arsene Wenger has hinted that Alexis Sanchez will be fit enough to start against Manchester United at Old Trafford on Saturday.
The Chile international is a doubt for the game after picking up an injury on international duty, although he played 84 minutes of Tuesday’s World Cup qualifier on Tuesday, scoring twice.
Sanchez has since returned to London and Wenger says having watched his performance for his country, he did not feel he was being hampered by any injury problems.
“I have [since] watched the goals and he looked very sharp. I will watch the game today,’ said the Arsenal manager via The Metro.
“I know him so well, like all my players that I observe every day, so I will be able to see if he was playing with a restriction or not. But the first goal he scored, he ran from the halfway line – if you are really injured with a hamstring you cannot do that.”
However, Wenger admitted he still faced a difficult decision because he did not want to risk his star man suffering a recurrence, particularly with a crucial Champions League clash against PSG looming on Wednesday.
“He always says he is okay! It is a very difficult one because I am sure he will come back saying he is alright,” he added.
“What I will consider is the risk of injury, because he played while recovering from a hamstring injury. I’ll consider the way he feels as well.
“On that front, you depend on the honesty of the player, how they feel and how they recover.”
While Arsenal fans will be eager for their top scorer to face Manchester United, there must be some concern over his fitness, although Sanchez will undoubtedly be desperate to take on Jose Mourinho’s men.