Just a few hours before Leicester get their due at the Emirates this evening, the injury situation for Arsenal can be said to have got a bit lighter with the key returnee being the Chilean superman, Alexis Sanchez.
While the team had a jolly ride without him in the last home game against Aston Villa, he had been missed so much in the derby game on Saturday and Wenger can be glad to have him back now to help see his team returns to winning ways against the Foxes.
“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.”
It is becoming easy to imagine Alexis scoring a goal in every game he plays at the Emirates, with 14 of his 18 goals scored in front of the Arsenal fans this season. He has not been in England long enough to master the language but he is already seen by most fans as a real top gooner.
On the verge of returning to the team is Jack Wilshere. Wenger had said, 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.
The news is not so immediately positive with some of the other injured players including Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Mattieu Debuchy and Mikel Arteta. The Ox, in Wenger’s estimation is still about a good fortnight away after the recurrence of his groin problems from last year, springing up again over the last couple of weeks. his last Arsenal appearance was in the win over City at the Etihad and he may miss the first leg of that Champions League game at home to Monaco.
Debuchy and Arteta are still some far away and may not be relied on for the remainder of the season’s challenges, while Diaby – though there was no official word from Wenger on him – may as well have moved on already.
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