Alexis Sanchez has been officially ruled out against Tottenham ahead of the North london Derby giving the Spurs side a massive advantage going in to the game. Alexis Sanchez missed Arsenal’s last game against Hull due to a hamstring injury and was expected to be back for this crucial game, but as it turns out Arsenal’s best player this season is feeling the effects of being played non-stop by the manager.
Sanchez has featured in an astonishing 815 minutes for Arsenal out of the possible 900 minutes this season. The prolific striker had earlier stated that he is in the “Red Zone” and needed a break from football. Despite the striker’s request, manager Arsene Wenger had to continue playing Sanchez due to the crucial fixtures Arsenal were facing in the league and the Champions League.
Arsene Wenger broke the news about Striker’s absence from the all important North London Derby in his pre-match conference today.
Wenger Said: “He is not yet ready yet and won’t face Spurs on Saturday lunchtime”.
The news comes as a little surprise, given how Alexis Sanchez has been overused this season and the level at which Sanchez likes to operate. The Chilean forward is known to give his all during training and matchdays. Sanchez has had a history of not letting his knocks and injuries get known to the medical team in fear of not getting to play.
Sanchez has an amazing recovery power, confirmed Wenger but also said, at times Sanchez’s desires of doing every training session and playing week in week out comes in his way of completing a full season without injury.
Alexis Sanchez’s absence could prove to be vital for Arsenal as he has been in superb form for the gunners this season, scoring 12 goals in 21 league matches so far. However, Arsenal fans can breathe easy despite Sanchez missing the match because of a superb return in to action for Mesut Ozil and an incredible run of form by Santi Cazrola.
Arsenal fans, though, will find solace in the return of Danny Welbeck. The England International striker has missed last few games for Arsenal due to injury, but now is available for selection if Wenger decides to start Welbeck and Giroud in the same team.
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