Last week, Arsenal fans were extremely worried about Alexis Sanchez.
After picking up an injury in training, the Chilean FA released a statement confirming that the forward would be monitored over the coming days.
Arsene Wenger called for the national side to allow Sanchez to return to the Emirates to receive treatment ahead of their weekend’s clash against Manchester United. The Frenchman pleaded with manager Juan Antonio Pizzi to allow Sanchez to return to north London ahead of Chile’s match against Uruguay and feared a 'suicidal decision' was going to be made.
“I believe that with a hamstring injury we have to get access for our medical staff to the MRI scan to see what grade it is, how bad it is and make absolutely sure they don’t make any suicidal decision that could harm his future for two or three months,” he said.
“That is absolutely important. It’s a grey area between the national team and the club team and of course they look at their own results which I can understand but we have to preserve the health of Alexis Sánchez.”
Well, Chile didn’t listen to Wenger and named Sanchez in their starting line-up against the Uruguayans - and they will be very glad they did.
Even with a ‘low-grade muscle injury’, Sanchez stole the show and scored twice as his country ran out 3-1 winners.
Despite Edinson Cavani’s opener, Chile were level at half-time thanks to Eduardo Vargas’ strike in first-half injury-time.
Sanchez then turned on the style.
He scored a powerful half-volley on the hour mark - although Uruguay ‘keeper Fernando Muslera should have done better.
He then secured the three points when he ran onto a through ball, held off two defenders and finished cooly. Eight minutes later, he was substituted and was allowed to rest ahead of Saturday lunchtime’s clash against Manchester United.
Sanchez's two goals
With Arsenal looking as though they’re able to sustain a proper title challenge this season, it’s understandable that their supporters were fearful of Sanchez playing on an injury. However, not only has he come through unscathed, he produced a brilliant performance in the meantime.
The Gunners’ next two fixtures are against United and then a crunch match against Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League so they will be very glad to see Sanchez fully fit and firing.