Alexis Sanchez has apparently returned to training with the rest of the Arsenal squad focused and happy.
Arsene Wenger has revealed that while there’s no change in the situation regarding his contract, Alexis has been training and is focused and happy.
“He practised well today, this morning, had a good session for the first time because he had a little muscular strain. He is focused and happy in the dressing room because we won the game,” Wenger said.
The Chilean missed out on Arsenal’s Premier League opener against Leicester on Friday because he apparently had an abdominal problem, which the boss has now explained was a muscular strain.
Wenger has confirmed that Alexis will miss out on the trip to Stoke next weekend and the 28-year-old is still ruled out until 27 August.
“He had a little abdominal strain that he caught on Sunday morning in training before he came to Wembley,” the boss previously explained. “He had a scan two days ago and he’s out for a while I don’t know is it two weeks or one more week but he will not be available.
“I think he will not play at Stoke.
“For us, Alexis Sanchez is a loss of course but we had all the other players prepared in pre-season already and it can happen in preparation any way. I don’t think I would have included him certainly on Friday night – I don’t think I would have started him.”
However, it’s good to hear that he’s happy and focus on Arsenal right now given the circumstances.
Alexis was at the Emirates during Arsenal’s 4-3 win over the Foxes, so at least he’s present in body.
The forward now has less than a year left on his current contract and the boss isn’t optimistic that he’ll sign an extension. Therefore, when it was announced that Alexis would miss at least a couple of games through injury, eyebrows were definitely raised.
The time period in which the Chile international has been sidelined for just happens to coincide with the end of the transfer window. Not to the day, but close.
Let’s hope that this is just Gooners being sceptical.