Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has admitted that he wasn't entirely happy about Alexis Sanchez playing for Chile despite not being fully fit.
Speaking in his pre-match press conference ahead of his side's Premier League fixture against Watford on Saturday, the well respected Frenchman claims there was nothing he could do about Sanchez's involvement with the national side.
The versatile forward featured in Chile's victory against Brazil last Friday and struck twice in their 4-3 win against Peru on Wednesday.
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However, despite playing the entirety of the game, Wenger claims the former Barcelona man finished the Peru clash with a hip problem and will now have to be assessed.
When asked whether he was comfortable that Sanchez had played for Chile, as per the Telegraph, Wenger stated: "I’m not but I cannot do a lot about it. He came off with a hip problem.
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"He wanted to go [to Chile]. We have to check him. He played in the last two games. It’s always a tricky situation; they are official qualifiers for the World Cup. He is an important player.
"They will use him if they can. He is a guy who wants always to play. It is a tricky situation. I don’t think there is a lot you can do. We have to see if we have to protect him in the next game.”
One thing is for sure, Wenger would be foolish to play Sanchez if the attacker isn't full fit. Ultimately, the 26-year-old is too important to the cause in north London and Wenger must make a sensible decision when selecting his side for the game against the Premier League new-boys.
Arsenal have enough quality to secure all three points at Vicarage Road and they will need Sanchez for Tuesday's make or break Champions League showdown against German giants Bayern Munich.
Yet to claim a point in the group stages of Europe's elite competition so far, Wenger will be well aware that his side need to secure a positive result against Pep Guardiola's outfit. Without Sanchez, a difficult task will become that much harder.
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