Arsenal to grant Alexis Sanchez winter break as Arsene Wenger eyes title bid

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Alexis Sanchez could be granted a winter break over the busy festive period, with Arsene Wenger eager to ensure the Arsenal forward does not suffer from burnout this term.

The Chilean has featured 16 times for the Gunners this season, scoring eight goals in all competitions.

Sanchez has also featured more for Arsenal than any other player in Wenger’s squad and with the busy Christmas period of fixtures fast approaching, the Daily Mail is reporting that the Frenchman could look to rest his star striker.

The Chilean has enjoyed a hectic few years for both club and country which began back in the summer of 2014, where he featured for La Rojas at the World Cup in Brazil.

A year later, Sanchez was also part of the Chile team that tasted success in the Copa America with the Arsenal man returning to help his national team defend their title in the special centenary edition of the tournament which was played in US over the summer of 2016.

It means that, come the end of the season, Sanchez will have gone four seasons without enjoying a full summer break.

The near non-stop nature of his playing schedule over the past few years is thought to be a major source of concern for Wenger, who was previously irked by reports indicating the forward suffered a minor hamstring injury while training with Chile earlier this month.

Keen to preserve the in-form striker, Wenger will be aiming to wrap up top spot in Arsenal’s Champions League group with victory over Paris Saint Germain at the Emirates.

Victory over the Ligue 1 champions would allow the Frenchman to rest Sanchez for the North London club’s final group stage game against Basel with top spot secured.

Sanchez could also benefit from a week-long layoff in the days running up to Arsenal’s FA Cup third round fixture, which is due to be played over the weekend of January 7th.

But with plenty of football to be played until then and top spot in their Champions League group still far from secure, Wenger’s plans could yet come undone should Arsenal fail to deliver in Europe or the Premier League.

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