Arsene Wenger has revealed that Alexis Sanchez looks in ‘good shape’ and is available for Arsenal’s trip to Liverpool this weekend.
Wenger has revealed that Alexis could make his first appearance for Arsenal this season on Sunday as the Chilean has recovered from the abdominal problem which caused him to miss the Gunners’ opening two games against Leicester and Stoke.
“Overall he (Sanchez) looks in good shape,” the boss said. “He has always been focused on his job. I don’t think he’s too much disturbed by all the noise – players at that level are used to it. Some deal better with it than others.
“He’s very focused, very happy. Doesn’t mean there’s no chance to extend his contract, though we haven’t managed to do it. We just want to focus as a team and not look too much at individual contracts.
“Alexis works very hard, gives so much and he looks ready. I’ll have to decide what I do but he’s ready to play.”
While the Chilean was involved in the Confederations Cup this summer and returned late from his extended break, meaning that he wouldn’t have been fit enough to feature against the Foxes anyway, it’s good to hear the 28-year-old is now ready.
As the boss said, it’s pretty hard preventing Alexis from playing, injured or not, so hopefully the forward gives everything at Anfield if he does get to appear this weekend.
Rumours linking Alexis with a move away from Arsenal this summer seem to be dying down with Wenger once again claiming at his pre-Liverpool press conference that the Chile international isn’t going anywhere this summer. Even if that means losing him for free next year.
The Gunners have managed to win three points out of a potential six so far this season so having the guy who scored 30 goals last season in the starting XI is bound to be a boost.
Laurent Koscielny also returns from the three-match suspension he was serving after committing a silly challenge against Everton last term.