Arsene Wenger has revealed that Arsenal are sweating on the fitness os our star of the season so far Alexis Sanchez. A blow does not quite cover this news for Arsenal fans, it is more like a hurricane.
The manager’s latest injury update, revealed on the official Arsenal website, explains that the Chile international forward, who has scored a third of our Premier League goals, is a real doubt for Sunday’s home clash with Aston Villa. It is his hamstring that is the problem and Wengers says they will not know if he can play until the day before the game.
I wonder if the Frenchman is now wondering whether he may have been a bit hasty in allowing three of the club’s first team strikers, Lukas Podolski, Yaya Sanogo and Joel Campbell to leave on loan. If he had just waited then at least we could have had Campbell available to face Villa on Sunday before heading off to La Liga and Villarreal.
As it is, we are left hoping that Alexis is fit enough and if not, then Wenger has the decision on whether to play Ozil out wide, where he has never really excelled, or to give young Chuba Akpom a start. It also leaves us vulnerable to any more injury problems that might occur in the front line.
Has Wenger dropped another ball on this one?