Arsenal fans will be worried that their season is headed down the same old route after seeing the reports during the international break regarding a hamstring injury for Alexis Sanchez, which could see the Chilean miss crucial matches.
The former Barcelona forward missed last night’s 0-0 draw with Colombia but remains with the international squad ahead of Tuesday’s clash with Uruguay, as the two-time Copa America champions will evaluate Alexis before the match.
“I got a text last night [to say] that he has a hamstring injury. The team from Chile has travelled without him and they kept him to try and get him fit to play Uruguay for the second game on Tuesday night.”
“I believe that with a hamstring injury, we have to get access for our medical staff to the MRI scan to see what grade it is, how bad it is and make absolutely sure they don’t make any suicidal decision that could harm his future for two or three months.”
“That is absolutely important. It’s a grey area between the national team and the club team and of course they look at their own results, which I can understand, but we have to preserve the health of Alexis Sanchez. He always wants to play and that’s where it is a more sensitive case because he’s always ready to play even when injured.”
It’s definitely going to be a nervous few weeks ahead for Arsenal fans but given the stance of Wenger’s comments, it would be a surprise to see him start against Manchester United even if Chile deem him fit to feature against Uruguay.