As Arsenal head towards the business end of the season, when every point and every match becomes absolutely critical, having Alexis Sanchez back in the team will be a real boost.
The Chilean is a dynamic match-winner; a relentless force of all that’s good about football; and he hasn’t played since November 29th. Arsene Wenger was positive about his chances of playing against Chelsea on Sunday at his press conference today, but sounded a note of caution too.
“I am cautious with him because we cannot afford a setback with him,” he said. “A setback would mean a very long period out so we don’t want to take this gamble. The signs he has shown in training this week are positive.
“The doubt is that he has been out for a long time and the risk of a setback if you try to go too early. To be clear on all the tests is one thing, after he is clear on training is another things, and after the intensity of a big game you can never repeat in a training session.
“You can make sure after a certain amount of time that the risk is minimal.”
It’s understandable that he wants to make 100% sure the player is 100% ready, so we might see him from the bench on Sunday.
I mean, how else is he going to come on and score a 25 yard rocket of a winner before making the game safe with a tap-in created by Ozil?