Wenger has learned important lesson after Alexis Sanchez injury saga?

I know that there has already been a post on the Just Arsenal website about the latest injury update on our star striker Alexis Sanchez. To a certain extent I also agree about the theory that, despite what Arsene Wenger said about the club being careful, the Chilean will probably be thrown straight back into the starting line up for the crunch clash with Premier League rivals Man City on Monday.

To be honest, though, I reckon that Alexis will be fit and ready to play by then anyway, even though the boss said that he was not back in full training yet. He did say that the striker was running again and as he has only been out of action for a couple of weeks or so, how long is it likely to take for him to be match fit?

One part of what Wenger said about Alexis, as reported by The Guardian, has given us some food for thought, because the boss suggested that he would no longer be taking this particular player’s word on whether he was okay to play or not. After the Chilean apparently insisted he was fine before hurting his hamstring against Norwich City, it was not hard to work out who the Frenchman was talking about when he was asked whether he trusted all of his Gunners to tell the complete truth about their fitness.

Wenger replied, “Not all of them. I don’t mean this in a negative way. Some of them are so keen to forget that they have pain somewhere that they say they are all right, when they are not.

“You know the players and their psychological profile, you take that into account and then you get scientific advice. You trust your gut, as well, and then you make a decision.

“It’s a compliment [to Sánchez]. You want everybody to absolutely want to play. We have shown again recently with Olympiakos and with Aston Villa that we have fantastic mentality in the team and these players are something special on the human front. I hope that in the longer term, in the championship, that will come out. Will I make the decision rather than Alexis? Yes. Because he says he’s always ready.”

So have Wenger and the Arsenal medical team learned a valuable lesson about super Sanchez?

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    1. Urm, I think he shouldn’t play at all. OMG!!! That guy needs to rest for a month!!!

  1. Irrespective of whether Sánchez plays or not there is enough quality in the team to win it.
    OT: I actually feel a little bad about how fabregas and van persie have been treated for a quite a while by fans and their former teammates. In all fairness to them they only wanted to win some big trophies before their career came to an end. Its unconfirmed but depay said to rvp big players don’t play in fenerbahce. How the mighty have fallen.

    1. enough quality in our team to beat em?you better be careful otherwise this comment might come back to haunt you.
      If you watched our past 3 games closely you would notice that we werent even out of third gear.The opponents outplayed us but we managed to grind out a win

    2. There is enough quality in the team to win it??? WTF!!! I don’t want him to play, but WTF!!!

      1. You are saying there isn’t enough quality in the team. Disect the teams and you’ll find out. In current form.
        Cech > Hart
        Monreal = Kolarov
        Bellerin > Sagna
        Per Kos > Demichelis Otamendi
        Flamini Silva
        Campbell Walcott
        Giroud = Aguero

        Only De Bruyne, Sterling and Fernandinho edge our players and if Sanchez plays we have a much better team

          1. Shame on you goonthinker and your ilk for suffering from inferiority complex! What do you want in a striker if not goals? Where has Giroud lagged behind Aguero so much in goals this season? You may say Aguero has been injured but one is counted against goals scored not those he might have scored. Fitness is another issue that counts for a player. If one is regularly sick or injured that also counts because it means he is not regularly delivering for the team. Both Aguero and Giroud are good strikers and each has an important role in his team. The business of rubbishing Giroud and praising Aguero is to say the least very cheap, arrogant and undeserving of anyone who calls himself/herself a Gooner. Is it Aguero who kept us in the Champions league in Greece? I really wonder at some of the people who claim to support the team while at the same time they denigrate our players who are doing a good job! It is a total contradiction.

  2. Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you
    must know by now that Jose Mourinho was
    sack—er, left Chelsea by ‘mutual consent’,
    sad news indeed for those among us who
    wished to prolong his misery and see if his
    overweening ways would actually drive
    Chelsea into the relegation zone, if not
    outright relegation itself. I won’t go so far
    as to suggest that Arsène is finally seeing
    the fruits of a master-plan, but it carries
    many of the familiar signs of just such a
    Although we watched in
    furious agony as that
    prodigal son Fàbregas
    returned to London and
    won a Prem title, there
    were signs of deeper
    plans. Yes, Fàbregas and
    that entire squad raced
    out to an early, could-
    Invincibles start to the
    2014-15 season, and
    there was earnest/naïve
    talk of how Fàbregas
    might eclipse Thierry
    Henry’s record for assists
    in a season. However,
    none other than
    Newcastle laid waste to
    the first, and Fàbregas, who had 15 assists
    in January, finished with just 18. For as
    good as he was in that first half, his
    disappearance in the second half begs
    certain questions. Did he elevate those
    around him, or was he hitching a ride? He’s
    become Nosmas—Samson in reverse: the
    longer and more luxurious his hair grows,
    the more his strength wanes. More and
    more, it seems that letting him sod off to
    Stamford Bridge was a master-stroke by
    This past summer, we plucked Petr from
    under Mourinho’s nose, exposing an
    apparent rift between the Specious One and
    Abramovich. At first, it might have felt like an
    underwhelming move (aside from the
    symbolism): it was clear that Courtois had
    become Mourinho’s first-choice keeper,
    and Čech had been reduced to second-
    fiddle. However, I had suggested that Čech’s
    departure would undermine Courtois in
    several ways: one, Courtois would no longer
    feel the challenge to earn the starter’s role,
    even if Begovic is a solid keeper in his own
    right; two, Courtois would no longer have a
    master from whom to learn the subtler
    points of the position. I won’t go so far as
    to suggest that the departure of Čech was
    akin to pulling out the wrong pin from a
    Jenga tower, but maybe there’s something
    in that. After all, Chelsea’s now conceded 26
    goals from 16 matches after conceding just
    32 in 38 last season.
    A quick digression: in the last several
    seasons, Chelsea has seen the departure
    of Čech, Lampard, and Drogba, among
    others, depriving the squad not only of
    experience but of leadership. In the
    meantime, they’ve added any number of
    highly-talented players who can scintillate
    but can’t take the squad by the scruff and
    lead it to higher levels. There’s no chemistry,
    no spine, no grit left in this squad. The only
    man left in it who might possibly step in,
    John Terry, has undergone what is almost as
    much a Mourinho trademark as voyeuring
    Wenger: passive-aggressive manipulation. In
    recent seasons, it seems that Mourinho’s
    ego could not be sated without the
    slaughter of a sacrifical lamb, someone to be
    made an example of in order to
    demonstrate Mou’s power. Ask Casillas or
    Ramos. Ask Juan Mata. Ask John Terry.
    That kind of manipulation and megalomania
    might deliver results in the short-term—and,
    let’s face it, Chelsea did win the Prem last
    season—but look at the shambolic state
    they’re in. They can thank f*ck that they’ve
    advanced to the Champions League
    knockout stage, or they might see a few
    players bolt in January. Whoever it is who
    replaces Mourinho—Hiddink has been
    mentioned as a caretaker, for what that’s
    worth—will inherit a demoralised,
    depressed squad that’s just as likely to
    throw it all over as it is to put its shoulder to
    the wheel. Most of its members have
    endured three—okay, two and a half—
    seasons of being bullied and belittled, and
    it’s going to take some time to recover from
    It’s almost enough to convince the most-
    stubborn of Arsène’s adversaries to admit
    that there’s some value in planning for the
    long term. Fourth place, even if it’s not quite
    first, has been nothing short of guaranteed
    for the better part of the last twenty years.
    We won’t even go into the financial
    comparisons. We’ve been there before, and
    both sides of the debate agree to the facts.
    Rarely has there even been as wide gap in
    class as there is between Arsène and
    Mourinho. Sadly, for as superior off the pitch
    as Arsène has been, Mourinho has almost
    always been superior to him on it. Then
    again, Mourinho has never committed to
    anything except the best squad someone
    else’s money can buy. It’s a pity then that we
    at Arsenal may have to settle for besting him
    in the Community Shield while he hides
    behind the Mike Dean-enabled “win” at
    Stamford Bridge. We won’t get a chance to
    see Arsène beat him at the end of January,
    but that’s what bullies-cum-cowards do.
    When the going gets tough, they turn tail
    and run to where the grass is greener.
    Arsène’s never done that.
    He may have missed his best chance at
    beating his nemesis, but losing that battle
    might just be worth winning the war.

    1. Very good liked that comment… everyone will lose a battle or 9 but the most important thing is lasting the distance, staying close and winning the war! Wenger has done that twice now with Jose. Legacy means more than titles no matter what anyone says about Wenger, me incl, he has won the war with mourinho in a very classy, respectful and dignified way – so big ups for Arsene. What he has done is amazing at Arsenal and we all want to see him win a title before he goes, no better season for it with the demise of “The Sacked One” and Chelski

  3. @Goonthinker……Hope the blogosphere is Listening……… If we somehow manage to pull a win out of that game………. It won’t be down to having somuch quality in their squad compared to ours…… It will be judged by our mental stability and how well we’d react to their challenges……. Then i hope all those who term “soopa-aeon” and a few others , pessimists will aim their arrows at u (i will too)……… I sincerely hope arsenal beats citeh…..be it narrowly or brutally…….. Then we will have u sit down in a fine cuisine and watch u eat every of ur words with a fork and spoon leaving no bit on the plate….

    Well until the window opens….i’m standing by my squad and the Lil we have to go through all odds victoriously and unscathed

    but if wenger fails to do what’s neccessary in the window (depending on the future situation) ….. SOOPA AEON WILL BE BACK!! L()L

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