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Team News Round-Up: Wenger On Sanchez, Wilshere, Debuchy & The Ox
It’s been another busy day of team and injury news at Arsenal with Arsene Wenger giving us updates on a number of his first team players ahead of Tuesday’s clash with Leicester.
The big news is that Alexis Sanchez is back in the squad after missing the last two games with a hamstring injury that he suffered against Brighton two weeks ago.
It’s not clear if Alexis will start but you’d think the boss will play him from the beginning as long as he proves to be 100% fit as we sorely missed the Chilean international at the weekend.
Arsene also confirmed that Jack Wilshere returned to full training today – you can see pictures of him in action here. Jack won’t be in contention for a place in the squad just yet as he’s still going to need some time to regain his fitness but it’s good to see him back sooner than expected.
There was some bad news as the boss revealed that Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is still at least two weeks away from returning from a niggling groin injury so he joins Mikel Arteta and Mathieu Debuchy on the sidelines, with the duo still ‘a while away’ from recovering from their injuries.
Wenger told Arsenal.com today:
on the latest team news…
Alexis will be back in the group and we don’t have any injuries from Saturday. Everybody else looked fine yesterday.
on the boost of having Alexis back…
He’s our best goalscorer and one of our hardest-working players in the team. Physically I think we suffered a little bit on some occasions on Saturday and it’s good to have him back.
on Jack Wilshere…
He’s back in full training this week. I don’t know exactly [how long until he returns], we have to monitor him on a daily basis and see how he develops.
on Arteta, Debuchy and Oxlade-Chamberlain…
They are still [a while] away. Oxlade-Chamberlain is about two weeks.
So the squad is in decent health so there really is no excuses for not beating Leicester at home tomorrow. It’s a great opportunity to put the spuds game behind us and if results go our way, we could find ourselves in third place in the table.