In an ideal world Arsene Wenger would be able to say that he was going to give the Arsenal and Chile star Alexis Sanchez a couple of weeks off. Having only played for one season in the English Premier League and having had to be very busy for the last two summers with the World Cup and then the Copa America, it would be ideal to give Alexis his very own winter break.
And with the next four Premier League games for the Gunners being against the two clubs propping up the league table, Aston Villa and Sunderland, and the others struggling not far above the drop zone, you could say that the Frenchman has the ideal opportunity.
But in that ideal world Wenger would be able to bring in a replacement player that would not weaken the team too much and therein lies the problem because we have no one to bring in other than untested youngsters like Alex Iwobi or Jeff Reine-Adelaide.
So I am afraid to say that the boss will nit force Alexis to take a breather and we know that the Chilean will want to play anyway. I do expect the Chilean to sit out of the Champions League game on Tuesday and hopefully Arsenal will have a couple more players back off the injury list next weekend and then Wenger might feel able to rest Alexis.
But do you agree that we simply have to start him tomorrow?