Wenger Confirms that Arsenal Ace Needs a Breather! by AT
Considering the red-hot form of the Alexis Sanchez, it is no surprise to learn that the Chilean international has been extensively used by Arsenal so far this season. Speaking ahead of the game against Stoke City at the Brittania Stadium, the Gunners’ boss Arsene Wenger admitted that his star player is in the red-zone and confirmed that the forward will be rested for Arsenal’s trip to Galatasaray in midweek.
According to a report from The Guardian, the Frenchman said: “He will not go to Turkey (Galatasaray). He will need a week’s break, I did it with many players before who were playing every game. I did it with (Thierry) Henry, with (Robin) Van Persie and it always helped them to get through without injury.Sanchez is in the red zone, you can see when he plays, but he can dig deep.
“He played his 27th game on Wednesday (against Southampton) since the start of the season. Unfortunately you never know how far you can push it. We are not scientific enough to predict that completely but he recovers very quickly.”
Well, I’m pretty sure that the prospective ‘burnout’ of Alexis Sanchez was on the mind of every Arsenal fan. With qualification for the knockout stages secured, Wenger can finally give his Chilean star a very well-deserved breather. While some may argue that Le Prof is giving up on top spot in the group, I really do not see Dortmund losing to Anderlecht and I feel that the right decision has been taken.
Following the returns of Theo Walcott and Olivier Giroud, and with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain in a rich vein of form, the former Barcelona man can expect a little more rest going into the halfway point of the campaign. With a satisfying amount of rest under his belt, who is to say that our £30million man will not become even more lethal on the pitch.