There is no doubt that Alexis Sanchez has not been at the top of his game lately, and this fact is underlined by the stat that he has only hit the back of the net once in his last eleven starts for Arsenal. He is still running around like the Duracell bunny but is hat enough to justify his place in the team or should he be given a well-deserved break?
Arsene Wenger has revealed that this is exactly his dilemma, and told reporters: “He’s a bit fatigued,”
“Also, because he is in a position where he has scored less, he wants to force his game and then he is more included in physical battles.
“Maybe goalscoring is on his mind so he wants to do too much and he wants to force his game.
“I’m tempted to rest him at some stage, I have been for a long time. It’s not that he won’t let me, I will decide that!
“It’s just that every game now is so important, you always have a hesitation to do it.”
I know that we need three points from every game now to keep the pressure on our opponents, but surely Wenger won’t have an easier game in which to give Alexis a break than today, especially with the extra-crucial meeting with Liverpool next weekend, but, then again, there will be a whole seven days gap after the Newcastle game for Sanchez to recharge his batteries!
So, if it was down to you, would you stick Alexis on the bench this afternoon or put him on from the start?
For the SECOND time, we will be using a new IN PLAY phone app for Android or Apple for the Arsenal fans to interact on Matchday, and this game should be a lot better as we now know how to use it!. Everyone can download the app on this link, and then join the Fan Club called Just Arsenal News. If you are asked for a code to join our Just Arsenal” Fan Club
it is 1942M.
Once you have joined you will see a small eye on top right (This is called DISCOVERY) then hit the search button at the top and enter ‘Arsenal Game chat’ or the code for the MatchDay chat which is NKXQQ and I will approve you as a member. We got over 200 fans registered last weekend, so hopefully we can all get interacting during the match. All those who registered last week DO NOT need to re-register. Everyone get registered and we can start chatting just before the game. Come on you Gooners!