Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is set to hand Chile international Alexis Sanchez a mid-season break in north London.
This has been reported by the Mirror, who claim that the Gunners chief will rest his talisman in an attempt to prevent him from burning out.
After a wonderful debut campaign on English soil last season, Sanchez played a prominent role in helping Chile secure Copa America success in the summer, meaning that the versatile forward hasn't had a break from the game for some time.
So, it appears that Wenger is ready to take action sooner rather than later. In fact, the same report from the Mirror claims that the Emirates chief will hand the player a rest in the coming weeks.
Wenger has already seen a number of his talented forwards suffer from injuries throughout the course of the campaign, so it appears that he's determined to keep Sanchez in top shape.
Theo Walcott, Aaron Ramsey and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain are all currently on the sidelines, but it appears that the latter could return in the near future.
There should be no underestimating the importance of Sanchez to the Gunners' cause in their pursuit of title success. Ultimately, the technically gifted ace has the credentials to lead the club's title charge this term.
With 22 goals in 47 Premier League games, Sanchez's record speaks for itself, so Wenger will be well aware that he can't afford to lose his main man. The Gunners are well and truly in the title race, but they're going to need the former Barcelona star at his best in the latter stages of the campaign.
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