Paul Merson has insisted that Alexis Sanchez simply must play for Arsenal against Liverpool this weekend.
The forward is expected to depart the UK to join up with his Chile international squad shortly after Sunday’s crunch tie at Anfield, and surely if he is fit enough for his country, he should be fit enough for us. Alexis will obviously want match fitness ahead of the World Cup qualifiers with his country and we want to win the game! It is worth mentioning that BetOTG.com are pretty good at giving money-making tips for World Cup games, and they are much more likely to tip Chile if Sanchez is fit and well.
There is talk that the recent call-up of Alexis to the Chile squad could interfere with any proposed move away from the club, but apart from that, Paul Merson insists that the superstar simply must play.
“If he’s fit and ready to play, you have to play him,” Merson said.
“They got dismantled by Liverpool at home (last August) – they let in four with Laurent Koscielny sat in stands and he wasn’t ready to play – he had been playing for France.
“Does Sanchez go to Chile after the game to play a double header?
“If he’s doing that, you’ve got to play him.
“They can’t afford to lose this game and he’s their best player by a country mile.”
Liverpool and Arsenal finished only one point apart last season, and that single point was the difference between Champions League football and Europa League this term. We simply cannot afford to let the Reds win this game, and have to field our strongest possible line-up to try and steal all three points from Anfield.
We suffered an early blow last weekend when losing 1-0 to Stoke City, and can’t afford to be collecting only one win every three games, or we will end up in the bottom half of the table, but obviously that is not a statistic which will carry on.
I’m itching to see Alexis Sanchez and Alexandre Lacazette get their relationship off to a flyer, and this could be the perfect game for them to showcase just how special a partnership they could form.
Will Alexis play this weekend? Can we afford to lose and still challenge for the title/top four?