Alexis Sanchez makes surprise return to full training

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Arsenal star Alexis Sanchez is supposes to be a major injury doubt for tomorrow's FA Cup tie with Middlesbrough, but still managed to take a full part in training this afternoon at the club's London Colney base.

Sanchez hobbled his way through to the 68th minute of Wednesday's 2-1 win over Leicester City, before being taken off with a knee injury.

Gunners boss Arsene Wenger insisted in his pre-match press conference yesterday that Sanchez looks "short" for the fifth-round clash, but try telling that to Sanchez after he was able to train earlier today.

Sanchez desperate to play in every match

Snaps of Arsenal's final session training session before the Middlesbrough match taken by club photographer Stuart McFarlane show Sanchez loving life back on the training field, a place Gunners coaches likely have a hard time containing the Chilean's exuberance and enthusiasm for the game.

Sanchez and his pesky powers of recovery have given Wenger a tricky selection dilemma to ponder over the next 24 hours, does he leave the £35m out for his good or recall him in search of form and consistency in performance?

Wenger must resist temptation

Ultimately Wenger should look at a rare sub-par performance from Sanchez in the Leicester match and leave him out tomorrow, with far tougher tests ahead that Arsenal need their top scorer for.

Arsenal have enough firepower to beat Boro without Sanchez starting, with Olivier Giroud, Danny Welbeck and Theo Walcott all available.

That's not disrespectful to a Championship side that knocked Manchester City out in the last round of the FA Cup, its just a matter of Wenger prioritising correctly with the race for Champions League places wide open.

What do you think Arsenal fans, should Sanchez be risked, picked as a substitute or left out altogether? Let us know by having your say in the comment box below.

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