Alexis sends Wenger text to suggest he's ready for Man Utd clash

The Arsenal attacker has told his club manager that he is fit for Saturday’s game with the Red Devils, despite picking up a knock on international duty with Chile

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has confirmed that Alexis Sanchez sent him a text to say that he ‘was in good shape’ for the Gunners’ trip to Manchester United.

Sanchez was forced to miss Chile’s World Cup qualifier with Colombia after picking up a calf problem in training, but eased concerns over his fitness by returning to start the international game with Uruguay.

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Arsenal face United at Old Trafford on Saturday, with Sanchez due to rejoin club training on Friday after flying back to London from South America. Wenger is waiting to see Alexis before making a final judgement on his fitness, but revealed that the player himself believes he is ready to go.

“We were in doubt before the game, 24 hours before the game against Uruguay,” Wenger said in his pre-match press conference.

“We didn’t know if he would be playing or not but in the end they decided to play him.

“He text us back to say that he was in good shape, after 84 minutes, and then we have to wait and see tomorrow morning, and see if he can be involved in the squad or not.”

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Alexis scored twice for Chile against Uruguay in Tuesday night’s 3-1 victory, helping move Juan Antonio Pizzi’s side above Argentina in the race for automatic qualification.

The 27-year-old has been a key figure for the Gunners so far this season, starting up front for Wenger ahead of Oliver Giroud, where he has scored six Premier League goals in 11 games.

Arsenal are currently sitting in fourth, six points ahead of Manchester United, and can open that gap even further with a win on Saturday, pushing Jose Mourinho’s side away from Champions League qualification.

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