Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has revealed Alexis Sanchez’s ankle is in “terrible state” after their 3-1 defeat to West Brom on Saturday in Premier League.
The Gunners continued their dismal run as they lost four of their last five Premier League games, a poor run that was last recorded in 1995. There has been a lot of angry faces in the fans section when Wenger decided to sub off Sanchez in the second half.
However, the 67-year old has revealed that Sanchez has suffered an ankle injury during the first half but insisted on continuing in the second half. The Chilean international has equalised for Arsenal in the first half but was later subbed as he looked ineffective and unable to continue in the second half.
“He stayed on but in the second half he was not himself,” Wenger told Sky Sports immediately after the game. “He just limped so I decided to take him off. And his ankle doesn’t look good.”
He later added: “It is a bad tackle. You see his ankle, he is in an absolutely terrible state and he should not have played in the second half.
“He insisted he wanted to come out. In the first half he was the one who created many dangerous situations but in the second half he couldn’t do anymore and we had to take him off.”
The extent of the injury is yet to be known as Sanchez is undoubtedly Arsenal’s best player this season. The Gunners will also need to deal with Cech injury as the club could lose their two-star players for the upcoming weeks.
Arsenal will now try to aim for a top four and it would be very difficult to achieve it without Sanchez as the 28-year old is the only player who created real chances in the game against West Brom. The Gunners will next face Manchester City in Premier League after the international break.