Should Arsenal now rest Alexis until Champions League?

It was not just the swelling of the knee caused by Alexis Sanchez getting a heavy tackle as Arsenal struggled to beat Leicester City last week that has caused concern for Arsene Wenger this week. The Frenchman also revealed that he was a bit worried about the impact that the Chile international star was having on the game prior to picking up his injury.

Wenger was hoping that missing a few games could be just what our star man needs to rediscover the intensity that was such a big part of his game. Alexis is undoubtedly talented but it has been the amazing work rate, used in tracking back and closing players down as well as causing problems going forward that has elevated the summer signing from Barcelona into the top ranks of footballers.

The manager also alluded to the fact that this is the first time that the forward has not had a proper winter break and this could be a reason for his performance levels just dropping recently. So I wonder if the boss is going to be brave enough to give his striker that winter break by resting him again for the trip to face Crystal Palace in the Premier League next weekend.

The 67 minutes that the Chilean played against the Foxes was the only action he had seen since the Gunners beat Man City away almost a month ago, until today when he did seem to be getting back to his old self. Maybe one more week would be just what he needs and it is not as if Arsenal are short on options for the forward line.

That home clash with Monaco is a massive game for us and we could really do with our best players being available and in top condition. Should Wenger save Sanchez for that?

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  1. Robin Vanpayslip says:

    If you are the defender playing against Sanchez, even Google won’t be able to find you

    1. NY_Gunner says:


  2. chun says:

    Umm, let us not get overconfident in the league. It’s our first priority no matter what. Should have rested him today ideally. Don’t know why he played

    1. muda says:

      Yeah, you are right, beside Alexis came to arsenal for playing time, if there’s one thing he hate the most is NOT PLAYING (rest).

  3. BarryL says:

    Would put Alexis on the bench for Palace and save him for Monaco.
    Walcott should start as he needs to prove he should be in starting line-up
    Give Gabriel and Gibbs another game to maintain competition for places.
    Start with Rosicky and Ozil (and give Cazorla a rest), and give Welbeck another run with Giroud.
    And bring back Le Coq.
    Would still be a strong team to put out v Palace

    1. welbinho says:

      More upvotes to this one!

  4. Kotte says:

    Palace are a very gud team now under Pardew…it wont be easy beating them away!

  5. lee says:

    For me no chance – If Sanchez is fit he plays against Palace & Monaco. Every game important now in all competitions.
    Was at Emirates today, have to say very encouraging signs the way Cazorla, Ozil & Sanchez were linking up the play. Really looking forward to remainder of the season.

  6. Hafiz Rahman says:

    are we a one man team?

    whats the use of the reserves if we dont play them?

    if we cant beat Palace at home without Sanchez…..

    means we are not good enough for top 4

    1. Budd says:

      You’re not really an Arsenal fan. Otherwise you’d know the game is at Palace. Idio t.

  7. Greg says:

    It Would be a wise decision! It will be a very huge lost for us if he picks up any serious injury before our championsleague clash with monaco!

  8. ButtFlaps says:

    Yes, give him rest times so he is refreshed when we go to Monoco

  9. ruelando says:

    If we are to rt the chilean pepper, the ox must be available otherwise play sanchez

  10. Dennis says:

    We cannot afford to rest him playing away to alan pardew’s CP. If we wanted him rested we should’ve done it this game against borough.

  11. jonnhirons says:

    Sanchez seems to be the sort of player who needs a couple of games before he is firing on all cylinders, if we wasnt fit i couldnt see wenger risking him against borough when we have walcott perfectly capable of stepping in.

    Expect to see sanchez score vs palace and be on top form for Monaco.

  12. g00ner4lyf says:

    If he’s fit, he plays.

  13. RSH says:

    Sanchez did well today, but I’m mad at the club for even taking the risk in the first place. If Sanchez got injured today wenger and his medical staff would’ve looked so stupid and we would have no Sanchez for Monaco probably. Luckily it paid off and it looks like we have our high-intensity Alexis back. I expect him to start against Palace as well, and would like him to since there is now a week between our next match. And Palace aren’t pushovers, especially when they play at Selhurst so I dont think we can rest many players, even with Monaco coming up. Hopefully we can wrap up the game early if we get in a good performance, but its the premier league and you have to fight for every point.

  14. teejay2287 says:

    Arsenal can do without sanchez against palace, we have many attacking player at our disposal

  15. Gooner4G says:

    Lest we forget, Sanchez left Barcelona, a better team simply because of playing time…just like Ozil left Real Madrid! When on form and 100% fit, play Sanchez, he deserves his place in the team anyway! works extra hard and score the goals needed!!!

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