Fade up with injuries, Sanchez leaves Arsenal for Chile

Sankha Ghosh / 03 December 2015

Arsenal gives green signal to star striker Alexis Sanchez as he is planning to take a 15-hour flight home to Chile at the end of the week.

The former Barcelona ace picked up a hamstring injury during the draw against Norwich on Sunday, which ruled him out for minimum three weeks.

Now the Gunners hierarchy have given Sanchez the permission to make a 15 mile round trip to Santiago, Chile for better treatment of his latest injury.

Chile coach Jorge Sampaoli has revealed the plan and subsequently it has been confirmed by Arsenal.

Sampaoli told: “We are in touch with Arsenal doctors and they have allowed Alexis to fly home and be treated for a week.

“We must see what his injury really is before knowing whether he will be recovered soon or not.

“We want to make our contribution, because we want Alexis back playing.”

A source close to the club admitted, they had a plan to allow the 26-year-old, to take the hectic flight at some point over the upcoming festive period.

But after the latest injury, Wenger decided to bring the arrangement a bit earlier and will be in touch with the medical team at the Chile FA.

Arsenal, however, didn’t confirm the exact timespan Sanchez will be out but they have also not given up hope that Sanchez could return for the mega clash against Manchester City on 21st December.

He will be in Chile for treatment while Arsenal face their Champions League must win game with Olympiakos on Wednesday. Arsene Wenger will also miss Santi Cazorla as the Spaniard is sidelined for atleast three months and he looks set to miss the home match against Manchester City with an ankle injury. Cazorla was kicked on the knee by Gary O’Neil on Sunday and Wenger after the match described him as playing “on one leg” in the second half at Carrow Road.

The injuries to Sanchez and Cazorla leave Arsenal without much of their attacking firepower when they enter the most important month of their season. Jack Wilshere and Danny Welbeck are still out with injuries, along with midfielders Tomas Rosicky and Francis Coquelin.


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