Arsenal star Sanchez again sidelined until mid-January with hamstring problem and he might return to action against Liverpool on January 13.

Alexis Sanchez has picked up a fresh hamstring setback which will rule him out of the entire Christmas period but Arsene Wenger is however adamant that his boys now have the much needed self-belief to go on with their Premier League title challenge.

Arsenal boss earlier had a plan to include the Chilean among his substitutes for last night’s 2-1 win against City following the striker’s three match absence since suffering a hamstring injury against Norwich but the Sanchez suffered what has been suggested as a “minor” setback during the training session on Saturday and Wenger has confirmed he will not take any risk until at least the midweek league clash against Liverpool on 13th January. Sanchez will also miss the FA Cup third round home fixture against Sunderland on 9th January.

The loss of the key attacker will now increase Wenger to rely on Mesut Ozil in upcoming festive matches against Southampton, Bournemouth and Newcastle United, with the German playmaker once again providing two brilliant assists against City despite spending much of the last week in bed suffering from a chest infection. “For the Christmas period don’t count Sanchez,” admitted Wenger. “He’s had a very slight setback. He was planned to be on the bench, but is so keen he got a little pain in training two days ago.

“Ozil had a chest infection for the week and was in bed basically. He had only one training session. For a guy who could not prepare he has done extremely well physically. I am a bit cautious because we have lost three or four players recently.”

Sanchez, 27, is said to have agreed a new lucrative five-year contract which will make him stay with Arsenal until 2020 and also with the possibility of a wage around £40million in that 5 year spell; but his injury prone nature has become a nightmare for Arsene Wenger.

The latest Sanchez injury news certainly took some of the shine off Monday night’s great win despite giving another significant statement and increasing the respective gaps to Manchester City, Tottenham and Manchester United to four and seven points.




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