Arsene Wenger has confirmed Alexis Sanchez will return to training with Arsenal this Sunday.
Sanchez, 28, is yet to sign a new contract at Arsenal and has just 12 months left on his current deal, but it appears that Wenger isn’t planning on losing his Chilean superstar anytime soon.
Below is what Wenger has to say about Sanchez and Shkodran Mustafi returning to training this weekend after their exploits in the 2017 Confederations Cup which saw both men play in the final on July 2.
“Alexis and Mustafi, their first training session will be on Sunday, the day we play against Sevilla [in the Emirates Cup],” Wenger said. “They are practising on the day. First of all you make a really good check up of where they are, how much they have worked during their break. After, once you know where you stand, they need an adjusted programme and to see how quickly you can fit them in again.
“Of course it depends as well on what is the need in the squad, what is their quality. All of these things together make your decision. Do you put them on the bench when they are not ready [to start]? It is easier to put a striker on the bench than a defender, sometimes. Because in a short period they can make an impact. We’ll see.”
Sanchez will have just one week to get ready for the FA Community Shield final against Chelsea at Wembley, with Arsenal’s Premier League opener against Leicester City coming up on Aug. 11.
It certainly seems that despite all of the speculation linking him with a move away this summer, Wenger is counting on Sanchez to be on the pitch and ready to perform.
The clock is ticking to sort out that new contract but the fact Sanchez will be back training in north London soon will encourage Arsenal’s supporters that their star man wants to stick around a little longer.