For the record, Arsenal were infact toothless against a Spurs side who could have been beaten with a little more adventure, but it is arguable that while having Harry Kane was their advantage, the result would probably have been not the same had Alexis Sanchez been in the Arsenal side.
Declared as not in the best medical shape to play, the Chilean would have gone ahead to pick himself if it had been within his reach but Wenger has spoken out on why it would have been the wrong call in the circumstance, even if he has clearly been the best Arsenal player till now.
“It was difficult for him not to play [at Tottenham],” Wenger per the club’s official website.
“If it was the last game of the season he would have played.
“He is dynamic and he does both parts of the game. He’s important in the team because of that, because he wins you the ball back quickly as well. The transitions are very good from defence to attack and attack to defence.”
Alexis’s excellent work rate has been applauded by all, fans and foes alike, drawing comparisons with fellow die-hard South American forwards including Sergio Aguero and Luis Suarez. He was one of the few players to have played in every game from the period before Christmas up until the end of January but this injury period has forced him into a bit of a break which Wenger believes will count to his benefit to finish off the season on a high.
“He has had a bit of a winter break now, one that he didn’t really want,” said the manager.
“But he got one and I think he will now be recovered and fit until the end of the season.
“For us it is important that he has no setback as, once you go into February, if you have a muscular injury and a guy has a setback, you say ‘bye bye’ as the season is over as it is six weeks out.
“By the time you come back to your full level it is April and that is why we didn’t take the gamble [by playing him at Tottenham].”
Alexis will be available to play against Leicester on Tuesday night and will be looking to add to his 12 League goals.
His last goal came in the win over Stoke in which he scored a delightful brace and though the Foxes should present the tough grit of a relegation-battling team, the quality of the Chilean should be enough to help the Gunners return to gaining three points while piling pressure on the other teams in the race for a place in the top four.
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