Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has revealed that star winger Alexis Sanchez could face a long lay-off following an injury he picked up in their 1-1 draw against Norwich, according to reports from the Mirror.
Sanchez was forced off the pitch holding his hamstring in the 60th minute, with the problem likely to see him miss their vital Champions League clash against Olympiakos on December 9 and several games afterwards.
Wenger said: “The players are there to play football, not to be rested when the press decides when they need to be rested. He says it’s a kick on his hamstring. I believe that’s not really the reality. I fear it is not the reality.
“Nobody is scientifically developed enough, not even the press, to predict when a guy will be injured. I must say with all our humility, we are not in a position to predict. We are not in a position where we can predict. Despite our tests he looked alright.”
This will come as a big blow the Gunners, who also lost Laurent Koscielny early in the first half to a hip problem.
Wenger also claimed that central midfielder Santi Cazorla played for most of the second period with a knee injury, stating that he was playing “with only one leg”.
The result also blew Arsenal’s chances of climbing to the top of the table, with Wenger’s men staying in fourth two points behind league leaders Manchester City, who beat Southampton 3-1 at the Etihad.