Arsene Wenger says that Alexis Sanchez came through yesterday’s 2-1 win over Burnley well, despite the fact there were some lingering worries about the Chilean’s hamstring after a lengthy period on the sidelines.
The Arsenal manager also said the form of Burnley gave him pause for thought with his team selection, as he pondered over introducing a debutant, Mohamed Elneny, and two players returning from injury, in Alexis and Francis Coquelin.
When I saw Derby against Burnley, I had a little hesitation to pick the three,” he said. “But the fact that we played at home, I thought we could manage to get away with it.
“With Alexis, I was not too much worried about on the fitness front because I kept him out two weeks ago and he was already there physically. We had some worries about his muscle but today he came through well and you could see that physically, he is ready.”
“He had a long rest now. When he got injured, you could see signs of fatigue. I think two months’ rest is a good winter break!”
However, the good news as ever is tempered by some bad. There are reports this morning that Tomas Rosicky picked up a thigh injury yesterday, and could miss anything up to 6 weeks, while Jack Wilshere’s return, already pushed out to mid-March, could be delayed even further as he’s suffered a reaction to resuming full training.
That might mean another season without football for the 23 year old, a hammer blow for him personally, and a big miss for Arsenal who will have to reassess how they view him in this squad. And if it’s 6 weeks for Rosicky, that’s practically a season ender too.
We’ll wait for official confirmation, but we trust this source here at Arseblog News. Any better updates than this can be considered a bonus.