Some good news arrived for Arsenal fans on Monday: Alexis Sanchez is back.
Following the Gunners’ 2-1 defeat to bitter north London rivals Tottenham Hotspur in the derby on Saturday, Arsene Wenger confirmed that their top goalscorer is back fit and raring to go for the match against Leicester City on Tuesday (Watch live, 2:45 p.m. ET online via Live Extra).
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Sanchez, 26, has missed Arsenal’s last two Premier League games with a hamstring injury but is now available.
“Sanchez will be back in the group and we don’t have any injuries from Saturday. Everybody looked fine yesterday,” Wenger said. “Alexis is our best goal scorer and one of our hardest working players. Physically, I think we suffered a little bit on some occasions on Saturday and it is good to have him back.”
It certainly will be.
Arsenal missed Sanchez badly at Tottenham as they failed to spring into life in the attacking third in his absence. He has been involved in more PL goals than any other player in the league this season (19) with 12 goals and seven assists, so having him back fit and ready is crucial if the Gunners are to get their push for a top four spot back on track.
As I detailed from White Hart Lane on Saturday, although Welbeck and Ozil combined for the opening goal the duo, who have also just returned from injury, failed to create a constant threat going forward. Sanchez’s return will be a welcome sight for the Arsenal faithful.
Wenger also confirmed that Jack Wilshere is back in full training but is unsure when he will be available for selection, while Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is out for another two weeks.