The Arsenal manager has admitted his star man is in need of a break after playing twice for Chile but has limited options at his disposal due to his side’s current injury problems
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has admitted he is worried about the fitness of Alexis Sanchez and believes the forward is in need of a rest.
Alexis played in both of Chile’s World Cup qualifiers during the international break but has not scored since October 17, when he ended a run of 10 goals in six matches for club and country.
Wenger says he is due some time to recharge but joked that the player himself will never tell him if he is feeling tired.
“I am worried because when he went to Chile he was already a bit jaded and we will have to test to see how he is when he gets back,” Wenger told reporters.
“But speaking to the player, if I ask him: ‘Are you tired?’ you can guess the answer.”
The Frenchman’s ability to rest Alexis has been complicated by the injuries suffered by Theo Walcott, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Aaron Ramsey, none of whom are ready to return on Saturday against West Brom.
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“At the moment I am a bit short because with no Chamberlain, no Ramsey, no Walcott, no [Jack] Wilshere, no [Danny] Welbeck, there’s not much offensive positions where I can rotate,” Wenger added.
“Chamberlain had a slight little setback on Monday but we checked by scan and there is nothing wrong. He is still a fraction short for Saturday.
“Ramsey had a deeper hamstring problem than Chamberlain but no setback. He will be back in full training on Monday and can play on Tuesday and Chamberlain I think against Norwich [next weekend].
“Theo is ahead of schedule at the moment and it still is two weeks away.”