Arsenal fans already had plenty of reasons to love new star man Alexis Sanchez, but manager Arsene Wenger has now given them another one that will have the Emirates Stadium faithful giddy with excitement.
Mainly because the Gunners manager has liked his summer signing with a club legend who was famously giddy with excitement most of the time - Ian Wright. That's right, Wenger revealed he believes the Chile international is a similar character to one of the north London club's greatest ever players.
Sanchez was sorely missed in the derby defeat to Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday and the French tactician was happy to report his top scorer this season would be back in the squad for the visit of Leicester City on Tuesday evening in a must-win match.
But Wenger believes it is not only his outstanding quality that has made Sanchez's impact so great; the general enthusiasm he has for the sport and his general happy mood around the London Colney training ground.
While making a comparison between their general mood, Wenger was quick to point out that his £32million signing from Barcelona was no match for Arsenal's second greatest ever goalscorer in terms of decibels and one more, crucial, area.
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“Ian Wright. He is a bit like Ian Wright. His enthusiasm, the enthusiasm of Ian Wright. He has that. He is very friendly and bubbly every day. He is quieter than Ian Wright but that is not difficult and he doesn’t get booked," he told reporters after being asked if Sanchez reminded him of anyone.
Is it Too Early?
Sanchez's return from a hamstring injury is a huge boost for Arsenal, though they may as well let him rest further if there is even the slightest doubt about whether he is back to full sharpness, such was the amount he was missed at White Hart Lane.
"I think he will now be recovered and fit until the end of the season" - Wenger
Leicester are bottom of the Premier League and should not pose too great an obstacle for a squad without the 25-year-old. Arsenal generally win at home to lesser sides, as was evidence in the thrashing of Aston Villa last weekend, and a win is expected.
However, the argument that having your most in-form player playing for as long as possible while he is on fire is a strong one. One intriguing thing about the situation is a report from Chile claiming that Wenger is bringing Sanchez back top early, because the player has been so insistent.
Wenger Is Not Worried
Though Wenger certainly doesn't think so and even went so far as to predict Sanchez would be fine from now until the end of the season after his "winter break" kept him out of action for a couple of weeks.
“He has had a bit of a winter break now, [one] that he didn’t really want but he got one and I think he will now be recovered and fit until the end of the season. It was difficult for him not to play [against Spurs]. If it was the last game of the season he would have played," he added.
“For us it is important that he has no setback as once you go into February, if you have a muscular injury and a guy has a setback, you say bye, bye as the season is over as it is six weeks out. By the time you come back to your full level it is April and that is why we didn’t take the gamble [of rushing him back].”
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