Arsene Wenger says that Alexis Sanchez has the football enthusiasm and quality of legendary striker Ian Wright, but thankfully doesn’t share all the attributes of the former leading goalscorer.
Wrighty was a bit more boisterous and likely to pick up a yellow or red card as he blasted his way through opposition defences, but in terms of his overall outlook and how much he loves the game, the Arsenal manager believes the two are very similar.
“He is a bit like Ian Wright,” said the Frenchman. “His enthusiasm, the enthusias1m of Ian Wright. He has that. He is very friendly and bubbly every day. He is quieter than Ian Wright but that is not difficult and he doesn’t get booked!”
Having missed the derby on Saturday, as well as the 5-0 demolition of Villa, the Chilean has had some time off to recover from a mild hamstring problem which the club have been cautious over, unwilling to risk aggravating it further.
Wenger continued, “For us it is important that he has no setback as once you go into February, if you have a muscular injury and a guy has a setback, you say bye, bye as the season is over as it is six weeks out.
“By the time you come back to your full level it is April and that is why we didn’t take the gamble. He has had a bit of a winter break now that he didn’t really want, but he got one and I think he will now be recovered and fit until the end of the season.”
The team’s leading scorer could come straight back into the starting line-up this evening, but with Danny Welbeck now fit and Theo Walcott continuing his recovery Wenger does have options.
Sadly, one of those options does not include Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain who will miss a further two weeks with a groin problem.