Alexis Sanchez is a doubt for Arsenal’s FA Cup clash with Middlesborough after suffering a knee injury on Tuesday night.
The Arsenal star picked up the problem in the win against Leicester City, forcing him to limp out of the action at the Emirates. Sanchez has only just returned from a two week injury lay-off after a hamstring problem. However, his latest complaint seems to be a knock and he should be fit again soon, according to quotes taken by the north London club's official website.
Arsene Wenger was set to substitute Sanchez during the game on Tuesday, but the Chilean was adamant he could continue - a decision that the Arsenal boss may soon regret.
“Alexis is still not able to go out, he could be short again for Sunday,” -Wenger.
Sanchez has carried Arsenal at times this season and has been their talisman but questions have been raised whether the ex-Barcelona winger has been overplayed.
However, as Arsenal's best player, Wenger has no choice to keep on playing him. He is also their top goalscorer with 18 goals in all competitions.
Sanchez not the only injury problem
Aaron Ramsey will also miss the game on Sunday after picking up a hamstring injury in Tuesday’s game which is set to keep him out for around two weeks. The Welshman has had numerous injuries over the past year but Wenger does not believe there is a reason for this.
“We haven’t found the underlying reason. There is an underlying reason that is certainly medical or bio-mechanical because he is a guy who is serious, works hard, has a controlled and disciplined life, so there’s no obvious reason why he should have muscular problems,” he said.
Wenger praying for a change in fortunes
Arsenal have had an injury-hit season, with Jack Wilshere, Mathieu Debuchy and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain failing to get much game time thanks to different problems. Wenger will be hoping his luck turns around and his key players stay fit for the remainder of the season with their busy schedule ahead.
The Gunners currently sit fifth in the Premier League with a top four spot in their sights and also have a chance of progressing in the Champions League as they face AS Monaco in the round of 16.
Arsenal are favourites to win the FA Cup after Chelsea and Manchester City were knocked out in the last round, with City falling to none other than Middlesborough. Wenger will need to be careful heading into the game as the Championship side will be looking for another incredible cup upset.