Alexis ruled out of Sp*rs showdown

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Arsene Wenger has confirmed that Alexis Sanchez will miss Saturday’s clash with north London rivals Sp*rs with the same hamstring problem that sidelined him against Aston Villa.

“The latest is that Alexis is not ready,” Wenger told Arsenal Player.

“He is not far away, the Leicester game [on Tuesday] is a possibility. He is of course very difficult to keep quiet! He is training but it’s light training.”

Stories circulated earlier this week on Reddit that the Chile international had to be persuaded down from a climbing wall at London Colney having clambered up with a whole load of weights attached to him. Kind of hilarious and worrying in equal measure.

In better news, Danny Welbeck is fit to feature at White Hart Lane having not played since the 2-1 win over West Ham United in December.

“Welbeck is back in the group,” continued the boss. “Apart from that we have the same squad available as last week.

“Jack [Wilshere] is back in full training next week, hopefully from Sunday.¬†Alex [Oxlade-Chamberlain] is still out, but he is starting to practice again, not full training.

“Serge [Gnabry] will play on Monday night at Newcastle [for the under-21a], with [Krystien] Bielik. Bielik is coming along very well.”

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