Arsenal's Alexis Sanchez is known for his outstanding work ethic and always gives his greatest efforts on the pitch for the Gunners. He returned early from the Copa America despite winning with Chile and has since shown signs of fatigue.
Arsene Wenger has stated in the past that he feels Sanchez works too hard, and in an attempt to prevent further injuries to his already crocked squad, the Frenchman wants to give the forward some rest to avoid burn out, according to the Mirror.
However, what might sound like bad news to Gunners fans, there is a bright side. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Hector Bellerin are expected to return following the international break, whilst Aaron Ramsey and Theo Walcott are close to making a comeback.
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As is always the case, Wenger must be very cautious with his players. Sanchez will be needed at his best later in the season in their bid to win the Premier League - a rest is therefore a wise decision.
OZIL CAN BE ARSENAL'S X FACTOR
And should Wenger decide to rest his prized asset for a few games, it will be up to Mesut Ozil to be Arsenal's creative genius from which the Gunners base their attack on.
He's lit up the Premier League with his pin-point accuracy, creativity and work rate this season, putting to bed any accusations that he's lazy. His confidence has oozed and it's showing on the pitch.
However, if Ozil is to step up in Sanchez's absense, he believes goalscoring is the one thing he must improve to become the focal point of the Gunners' attack.
He said: "Every player wants to score goals. I’m intending to score more this season than in previous years."
What the German lacks in goals he certainly makes up for in assists, though. Ozil has provided ten goals in 12 matches so far this season, four more than second-placed David Silva.
HEALTH PIVOTAL TO PREMIER LEAGUE CHALLENGE
But for the Gunners to challenge for the Premier League, they ultimately need more than Ozil's asissts and Sanchez's brilliance - they need a full squad fit.
Many fans are confident this is Arsenal's year - their chance to break a 12-year league title drought - but only if they can stay healthy throughout the season.
They're currently neck and neck with Manchester City at the peak of the Premier League - also crippled by injuries - and without Liverpool and Chelsea contending for the title, this is without a doubt their best chance to taste Premier League success.
Arsenal fans: is Wenger right to give Sanchez a break? How could his absense affect Arsenal in the short and long term? Let us know in the comments below!
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