Arsene Wenger has unfortunately confirmed that Alexis Sanchez has been ruled out for the “Christmas period”, with the Chilean failing to recover from the hamstring injury he picked up against Norwich City, as reported by the Evening Standard.
We haven’t exactly been suffering without the former Barcelona star, and we made it four wins on the trot with a 2-1 win over Manchester City this past Monday night. It will still be fantastic when he eventually returns however, as we need our biggest stars fit if we want to challenge for the title.
Wenger is not confident that we’ll see him back for the Christmas period, and suggested we can expect to see Alexis back around January 10th.
“He will be back around 10 January,” Wenger said.
“For the Christmas period, don’t count him. He had a very slight setback.
“He was planned to be on the bench tonight, he was so keen. But he got a little pain so we didn’t take a gamble at all.”
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The 26-year-old clearly hasn’t been at his best this season, especially when you look at the form he showed in his debut campaign at Arsenal. He’s still a key part of our setup though, and despite underachieving compared to last season, is only behind Olivier Giroud in the scoring charts.
We’ve got a number of key injuries at the moment (via Arsenal.com), with Francis Coquelin and Santi Cazorla joining Alexis Sanchez on the sidelines. Wenger may have to look into strengthening the squad in January to address these issues, although knowing the Frenchman he will look to avoid spending wherever possible.
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The good thing about Alexis’ injury (if there is one) is that we’ve shown we can more than cope without him, despite many suggesting our season was over when he limped off against the Canaries. Our squad depth may be stronger than everyone gives us credit for, but the sooner our talismanic forward is back the better.