Alexis Sanchez is expected to start against West Bromwich Albion on Monday night, after manager Arsene Wenger confirmed the 28-year-old “should be ready now.”
The Chilean has had a stop-start season so far as concerns about his fitness have prevented him from starting in the Premier League. He played 90 minutes against Doncaster on Wednesday as Arsene Wenger looked to give him more competitive game time.
Sanchez: "He has been out and injured and I thought he was a bit short on Sunday physically, played him last night to give more competition"
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When asked if Alexis is now ready to play against West Brom, Wenger told Arsenal.com: “Yes, he should be ready now.” Alexis returned late to first team training after his involvement in the Confederations Cup with Chile.
Illness delayed his return by a week, before he was then ruled out of the games against Leicester and Stoke with a side strain. He played 60 minutes in the 4-0 defeat against Liverpool, just days before he became close to leaving the club and joining Manchester City.
Since then, Wenger has looked to ease him back into first-team action. He came on a second-half substitute in the 3-0 win over Bournemouth and in the 0-0 draw against Chelsea, while getting starts against Cologne and Doncaster.
In my opinion, he should now have enough minutes under his belt to start games regularly again, starting with the visit of West Brom on Monday night.