While Arsene Wenger today confirmed the news that every Arsenal fans was hoping for, the manager’s latest injury update, reported by the official Arsenal website, was not all good news for the Gunners. So it seems that, as usual, Arsenal will still be missing a few key players for a while at least.
The news on our star man Alexis Sanchez is positive at least and that could be crucial for Arsenal and our chances of bouncing straight back from the disappointing defeat to Spurs in the local derby with a morale boosting win over Leicester City at home.
Wenger said, “Alexis will be back in the group and we don’t have any injuries from Saturday. Everybody else looked fine yesterday.
“He’s our best goalscorer and one of our hardest-working players in the team. Physically I think we suffered a little bit on some occasions on Saturday and it’s good to have him back.”
So it sounds like the Chile international will be thrust immediately back into the starting line-up for tomorrow’s Premier League clash. But while we were also hoping to have Jack Wilshere and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain back, for the FA cup clash with Middlesborough at the weekend if not for this midweek game, Wenger had some bad news.
Chamberlain’s return date has been put back again with the boss suggesting that it will be at least a couple of weeks before we see the Ox on the pitch again. And while Wilshere is back training with the first team, Wenger suggested that this does not mean he will soon be ready to play as it is clear that we are taking things carefully after his two months out with another ankle problem.
Unfortunately this puts both of the England stars at big risk of missing at least the first leg of our Champions League double-header against Monaco, which kicks off in just over two weeks.