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Arsene Wenger to make brave decision over key man
According to the Daily Mail, Arsene Wenger has taken the brave decision to hand Alexis Sanchez a mid-season break to prevent our star man from suffering burn-out.
Sanchez endured a gruelling summer after playing a key role in helping Chile win the Copa America trophy back in early July.
He was then given some time off but after only returning to pre-season training at the start of August, Sanchez came off the bench to feature in our opening day Premier League defeat to West Ham on the 9th.
It took the attacker some time to find his best form again and many think he’s already starting to look jaded, so it comes as no surprise that the Daily Mail claim Arsene is ready to give him a breather.
The newspaper says that the boss is concerned Sanchez is heading for burn out which may lead to a serious injury so plans to give him a rest at the next available opportunity.
Sanchez is expected to play for Chile in their upcoming games against Colombia and Uruguay so it might be wise for us to leave him out of our trip to West Brom next weekend.
We then face Dinamo Zagreb and Norwich – two games that are winable without Sanchez – so we could look to give him the rest of November off before making his return against Sunderland on December 5th.
However, with the squad decimated by injuries this will only be possible if we can get some players back fit again. The good news is that Ramsey and Oxlade-Chamberlain should be available after the international break while Walcott shouldn’t be far behind, so the boss should get the chance to rest Sanchez over the coming weeks.
It may be a dubious call for Arsene to leave out arguably our best player when we’re in a title race but I think it will be a brave decision as the last thing we want is Sanchez getting seriously injured.