We may all call Alexis Sanchez the “Duracell Bunny”, but the fact is that the Arsenal hitman is still human and has the risk of burning out as much as any other Arsenal player.
Having played in the World Cup before his arrival at the Emirates, he then went on to play 52 games in his debut season with Arsenal, with only two of those as substitute. As soon as our season finished Alexis then went off to join Chile for the friendly warmup games ahead of the Copa America, and then played every single game in the competition proper as his country went on to lift the trophy.
Wenger promised us he would rest Sanchez for the first month of the season, but with us being two goals behind to West Ham in our opening game, Le Prof then brought him on as substitute and he has since started nearly every single game, so it should really be little surprise that he finally suffered a groin strain against Man United in our last League game. If only Wenger had refused to allow our star player to jet off to South America, but instead the Chile boss played him the full 90 minutes against both Brazil and Peru despite admitting that Sanchez was not fully fit.
He probably only returned to London yesterday and will now be suffering with jet lag, and has had no time at all to give his groin strain a rest. With Bayern Munich arriving next Tuesday, surely it would be madness to risk Alexis in tomorrows game against Watford?