Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez has reportedly made it clear to Arsene Wenger that he'll be furious if the Gunners boss has any plans to rest him during the second half of the season.
That is according to the Daily Star, who believe that the Chilean maestro is desperate to play in every single game and believes he has the attitude and appetite to do just that despite concerns he might suffer from burnout as the campaigns wears on.
Sanchez is the only huge success story in Arsenal's ranks this season, managing to avoid a disastrous injury crisis at the Emirates to make his £35 million move from Barcelona look like a tremendous piece of business. The 26-year-old has missed just two games in all competitions all season long and has 18 goals as reward for his efforts, but is that a run that can be sustained all the way through to mid-May?
Wenger is playing with fire?
There have been times already this season when the majority of Arsenal fans expected Wenger to give his new talisman an overdue rest, but each time Sanchez has been picked in the starting XI.
A third round FA Cup tie against Hull City earlier this month is a prime example. Sanchez started and scored in a 2-0 win, but when you consider he's effectively facing 12 months of continuous action with World Cup and Copa America commitments factored was that a wise decision?
Sanchez forcing the issue
Wenger will definitely start his fantastic forward in Sunday's crunch Premier League clash with Manchester City, but next week's trip to Brighton & Hove Albion in the cup represents a more intriguing selection dilemma.
Sanchez has no interest in being managed to make sure he's in top gear when it comes to crunch time in March and April though, preferring to try and ensure he plays every single minute of every game in much the same vein as former Barcelona team-mate Lionel Messi.
Ultimately Wenger has to be strong when it comes to selection policy though, even that means potentially upsetting his most important player by protecting him at time.
Arsenal have enjoyed nothing but strong performances from their second most expensive signing of all time thus far, but there could be trouble ahead if Wenger decides to leave him out in the next few weeks.
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