Arsenal established themselves as legitimate title contenders to be reckoned with on Monday, when they knocked off Manchester City, 2-1 at the Emirates Stadium, but their quest for a first Premier League title since the 2003-04 season is set to grow no easier in the coming weeks.
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Following the game, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger revealed (above video) that the Gunners’ talisman, Alexis Sanchez, will miss a few more weeks of action after last week suffering a setback in his recovery from a hamstring injury picked up Nov. 29.
“Unfortunately, no [he will not be back during the Christmas period]. He will be back not the 2nd of January, but I think the week after, around the 10th of January.”
The dates Wenger referred to — Jan. 2 and 10 — will see Arsenal host Newcastle United in PL action, followed a visit from Sunderland in the third round of the FA Cup, respectively.
Sanchez was originally expected to return to action for the Gunners’ Boxing Day (Saturday) trip to Southampton, but it now appears the Chilean will miss an additional three games, if not more. Sandwiched between the Southampton and Newcastle fixtures is a home date with Bournemouth on Dec. 28.
In the four full games (all competitions) Arsenal have played since Sanchez suffered the injury, in a 1-1 draw with Norwich City, the surging title contenders are a perfect 4-for-4, having conceded just twice, while scoring 10 goals of their own.