Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger claims talisman Alexis Sanchez has been jaded physically after his recent games for club and country.
Speaking after his side's impressive 2-0 victory over Bayern Munich in the Champions League last night, the French coach admitted that the former Barcelona man 'finished exhausted' after playing just over 80 minutes in north London.
After playing twice for his country during the international break, Sanchez has now featured in the Gunners' last two outings in both the Premier League and Champions League. Wenger has hinted that his main man could do with a rest after recent strenuous activity.
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Speaking in his post-match press conference, as reported by the Daily Mail, the Gunners chief stated: "Alexis? You could see he was jaded physically. He still pushes himself too much and finished exhausted.
"Two games with Chile, plus travelling plus Watford and tonight. It’s too much."
Ultimately, Wenger could do with resting Sanchez at some point in the near future, but he may well be worried about the consequences if his side fail to produce the goods in the player's absence.
It has been well documented that the Gunners chief made a huge mistake by leaving Petr Cech out of the club's Champions League fixture against Olympiakos last month, but he may not have a choice when dealing with Sanchez.
With a tough home clash against Everton on the horizon, Sanchez may have to settle for a place on the bench.
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