Arsene Wenger reveals what he did before Alexis Sanchez scored twice for Chile

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Arsene Wenger was understandably concerned over Alexis Sanchez during the international break, given his side's huge clash against Manchester United this weekend.

A hamstring injury forced the Arsenal forward out of Chile's draw with Colombia last week, but, like the warrior he is, he recovered in time for his country's World Cup qualifier at home to Uruguay on Tuesday night and scored twice in a 3-1 victory.

The 67-year-old football addict Wenger loves to watch as many games as he can, and he clearly had vested interested in this particular game, however he has revealed the amusing reason which forced him to break the habit of a lifetime.


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With Chile's clash with Uruguay taking place in the early hours of Wednesday morning British time, the French manager admitted that he missed the game, and hence his star striker's brace and top-class display, because he dozed off on his sofa at home.

Ahead of the trip to Old Trafford on Saturday, Wenger confessed, via the Mirror: "I fell asleep. I have (since) watched the goals and he looked very sharp. I will watch the game (in full) today."

Will Sanchez be fit for United clash?

Alexis is currently Arsenal's top scorer this season with eight goals in all competitions and Wenger also commented on his fitness levels and availability for the Man United game.

"I know him so well, like all my players that I observe every day," said Wenger. "So I will be able to see if he was playing with a restriction or not. But the first goal he scored, he ran from the halfway line - if you are really injured with a hamstring you cannot do that."

Sanchez always wants to play

On Sanchez's thoughts about his own condition, the Arsenal boss added: "He (Alexis) always say he is okay! It is a very difficult one because I am sure he will come back saying he is alright.

"What I will consider is the risk of injury, because he played while recovering from a hamstring injury. I'll consider the way he feels as well. On that front, you depend on the honesty of the player, how they feel and how they recover."

The 27-year-old only arrived back in England on Thursday afternoon following a long-haul 15-hour flight from Santiago, so fatigue and lack of recovery time could be a concern for the Gunners.

That said, even though Wenger cast doubt in his press conference over Sanchez being in Saturday's squad, there's no doubt that he will want his key man involved as he attempts to beat a team managed by Jose Mourinho for the very time in the Premier League.

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