Arsene Wenger has confirmed that Alexis Sanchez will not return in time for the crucial North London Derby against Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday.
Alexis has been nursing a hamstring injury since the FA Cup win over Brighton & Hove Albion and it was thought that the injury was a minor one, with the boss deciding not to risk him for the 5-0 victory over Aston Villa on Sunday.
However, it seems that the injury hasn’t cleared up and Wenger says that the Chilean will return in the midweek fixture against Leicester City at the earliest.
“The latest is that Alexis is not ready. He is not far away, the Leicester game is a possibility. He is of course very difficult to keep quiet! He is training but it’s light training,” Wenger told Arsenal.com
This may mean that the team which destroyed Aston Villa will remain unchanged, although Danny Welbeck is set to return to the squad.
Despite Alexis’s potential absence, Wenger still has a selection headache on his hands as the likes of Olivier Giroud, Welbeck, Mesut Ozil, Theo Walcott and Tomas Rosicky fight for the forward positions.
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Arsenal fans worldwide will be hoping that this is a mind-game tactic from the Frenchman and the Chile international does indeed appear on Saturday – wishful thinking, maybe.