The sour taste of losing to spurs on Saturday will not be on Wenger’s mind when Leicester arrive the Emirates on Tuesday night with Alexis Sanchez and Jack Wilshere boosting the Gunners team ahead of the game.
The super Chilean has been out of League action since the win over City at the Etihad with a hamstring injury and despite attempts to defy the medics for the Spurs game, Arsene made the right call not to include him in the squad to avoid risking an aggravation on his injury.
He looks to now be ready to come back to the team and the manager is under no illusions as to just how vital the former Barcelona man is to his team.
“Alexis will be back in the group and we don’t have any injuries from Saturday. Everybody else looked fine yesterday.” Wenger said in his press conference on Monday.
“He’s our best goalscorer and one of our hardest-working players in the team. Physically I think we suffered a little bit on some occasions on Saturday and it’s good to have him back.”
Arsenal’s attacking game at White Hart Lane was lacking in any real bite on Saturday as the team looked to procure a second 1 – nil victory there. It eventually proved difficult as pressure from spurs eventually paid off, even as the team constantly invited it by not having a someone who could keep the ball with a good combination of technical and physical qualities.
As he had done at Brighton when he came in as a substitute, Alexis would have been able to use his pace to get the ball up-field, away from the Arsenal area, with the ball at his feet, thereby keeping the tension of play away from his goal. His return should prove vital to the team as a win against Leicester is a must if the top four battle is still to be regarded as achievable.
Meanwhile, there was some good news also from Wenger about Jack Wilshere’s return. Wenger had say before the spurs game that the 23-year old would be back in training by Sunday, but has now also added that it is still uncertain how long it would take to get him back into the team.
“He’s back in full training this week. I don’t know exactly [how long until he returns], we have to monitor him on a daily basis and see how he develops.” Wenger said per Arsenal.com
Having been at the center of a smoking row in the past week, Wilshere will face a huge responsibility to clear his name by his performance on the pitch while at the same time proving he can still be that special golden talent he had been tipped for in 2011.
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