Arsene Wenger has revealed that Alexis Sanchez is a doubt ahead of Arsenal's Premier League clash with Aston Villa on Sunday, reports the club's official site.
The Arsenal manager admitted that his star player has a tight hamstring and will face fitness tests on Saturday.
“The only uncertainty we have is Alexis Sanchez who has a hamstring concern, and that will be decided on Saturday,” said the Arsenal boss.
The news will be worrying for fans, especially as Arsenal have recently resembled a convalescent home that people rarely make a swift return from.
However - although Sanchez has been vital for Arsenal throughout the season - there is plenty of rest time between fixtures, and the game against Villa should be winnable without the Chilean, meaning that now could be a good time for a rest ahead of the north London derby.
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The Gunners' new signing Gabriel Paulista, meanwhile, is expected to make the squad for the clash. Expected to make the bench, Wenger said: “Gabriel is available and we’ll check him how he is physically but he should be alright to be available.”
Arsenal are still without Danny Welbeck and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain who are expected to make returns at White Hart Lane for Arsenal’s away fixture against Tottenham.
“Welbeck is very close. He is really, really, really nearly there. he will be available for the Tottenham game,” Wenger told the Arsenal site.
Meanwhile Jack Wilshere should join full training in 10 days after his ankle injury against Manchester United, and Arteta still has no set return date.