Arsene Wenger faced the media ahead of Saturday’s Premier League fixture against West Bromwich Albion and confirmed Alexis Sanchez is in contention to start after being benched for the Gunners last league tie against Liverpool.
Wenger’s reluctance to start the Chilean backfired to put it nicely after Liverpool put Arsenal to the sword in the first half, with the hosts running out eventual winners 3-1.
There have been reports of a training ground bust-up surrounding Alexis, but the attacker has since started both fixtures since including the 5-0 FA Cup victory over Lincoln City in which the Chile international banged in a superb finish from the edge of the box.
“I haven’t picked the team yet but he has a chance, yes. Of course,” Wenger confirmed when asked whether his top scorer will start against West Brom this Saturday (via Arsenal.com.
With the heat turned right up on Arsene Wenger after their recent Bayern Munich disaster and dropping out of the top four, the Gunners cannot afford any further mishaps on and off the field.
Alexis’ contractual situation, along with Mesut Ozil’s, remains the elephant in the room – but what is essential is Arsenal rediscover their swagger especially with an almost fully-fit squad.