First he was fit.
Then he wasn’t.
Now, today, speaking to the media ahead of the game against Tottenham on Saturday, Arsene Wenger has revealed that the Chilean star could be ready to defy medical advice to play in the game.
But should the Arsenal team let him?
“He wants to play, he’s so keen.
“[Telling him he’s not playing] is not easy! He wants to play of course. He’s very keen and thinks he can even defy the medical people because he’s so keen.
“I don’t know yet [if he could feature], I need medical advice on that and need as well to see what he can do in training.”
You get the feeling that even if he only had one leg, Sanchez would find a way to say ‘I’m alright boss’ and when a game of this magnitude is approaching the player is more likely to throw common sense out the window.
The risk isn’t worth it.
If there’s any chance that Arsenal could lose Sanchez for longer than this one game, then he simply cannot be allowed to play.
Could you imagine the uproar if his hamstring strain was to turn into a tear?
Arsenal aren’t stupid and I very much doubt that they will let him take part if there is any sort of doubt over his fitness.
Speaking on Thursday Wenger said that Sanchez would likely be back for the Leicester game on Tuesday however reports coming out of Chile are claiming that he has actually suffered the dreaded tear and will be out for a month.
Certainly sounded like it going by Wenger’s comments on Friday, eh?