Arsene Wenger has confirmed Alexis Sanchez picked up an ankle injury in Saturday’s 3-1 defeat to West Brom at the Hawthorns.
The Chile international was on target for the Gunners with his 18th league goal of the season but it was not enough as Tony Pulis’ side ran out comfortable winners.
Sanchez was substituted in the second half, with Alex Iwobi replacing him after 78 minutes, and Wenger admits his star man has a problem.
“It is a bad tackle. You see his ankle, he is in an absolutely terrible state and he should not have played in the second half,” he said via The Independent.
“He insisted he wanted to come out. In the first half he was the one who created many dangerous situations but in the second half he couldn’t do any more and we had to take him off.”
Wenger’s words are fairly worrying and will leave many fans wondering why Sanchez played on if he was struggling, and why the club did not bring him off sooner.
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Arsenal were also hit with an injury to Petr Cech during the match, the goalkeeper having to be replaced by David Ospina in the first half while Mesut Ozil missed the game due to a hamstring problem.
“He had a hamstring problem yesterday in training,” Wenger told Sky Sports before the game.
“He’s been in for treatment today. It’s not a bad one but not good enough for him to travel.”
Saturday’s defeat is Arsenal’s fourth in five league games and increases the sense of doom and gloom around the club currently.
It could also prove costly when it comes to securing a top four spot and Arsenal may well be relieved to see the international break.
The Gunners are not in action now until April 2 when they face another tough game against Manchester City at the Emirates.