As an Arsenal fan I have probably become too used to having a large number of players unavailable each week due to various injury problems. The fact that our awful injury situation seems to be almost constant even after Arsene Wenger acted to bring in a couple of fitness and conditioning experts in order to fix the problem seems to put a constant strain on the team.
But maybe the manager has become too used to it all as well, because in his comments ahead of the FA cup game this weekend against lowly Preston North End, reported on the Arsenal website, the Frenchman suggested that he was not sure about whether to rest our Chilean international star Alexis Sanchez this weekend.
Wenger said, “We will play with 90 per cent of the squad, I will rest Koscielny because he came off with fatigue, of course Ospina will play, maybe Alexis I will rest certainly, but the rest will play.”
Arsene please, even though the FA cup has been a good friend to the Gunners and looks like it is once again our best chance of a trophy this season, do us all a favour and do not even put Alexis Sanchez in the squad. Imagine what would happen to our already slim hopes of claiming the Premier League title if Alexis was to pick up a knock.
Is he just teasing us or is Wenger really thinking of risking our key player in a cup game against lower league opposition after all the injury problems we have already been hit with?