Arsene Wenger is seriously considering starting Alexis Sanchez in Arsenal's second Premier League game against Crystal Palace this weekend.
A report in The Mail claims Wenger is keen to avoid another disastrous result after succumbing to a shock 2-0 defeat to West Ham on Sunday.
That means his most effective player, Sanchez, could start the game despite a worrying lack of match practice.
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The winger only returned to training at Arsenal's London Colney last week after he inspired Chile to a Copa America triumph in the summer.
Wenger threw Sanchez on for the final 23 minutes of the game against West Ham, but is was obvious he still has some rust to shake off before he can replicate the form he showed last season.
Stepping up training
In a bid to make sure he is fit, Wenger will step up Sanchez's participation in regular team training. The Frenchman is hopeful that he will be ready for Sunday's clash at Selhurst Park.
There could be more good news as Danny Welbeck is also in line to make a return from a longstanding knee injury. The former Manchester United star has not featured for the Gunners since the FA Cup semi-final against Reading.
Another injury return
Welbeck is not expected to start the game against Alan Pardew's side, even if he can make up for his lack of match fitness in training this week. However, with his raw pace and strength, Wenger is hoping Welbeck will be able to play some sort of part.
"Alexis is back in training but I don't think he will be involved on Sunday, it is a bit early maybe," the Arsenal manager had told Arsenal.com. "We have to decide that at the end of the week, but I don't think he will be involved."