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Arsenal Boss Offers Worrying Injury Update On Sanchez & Cech
Arsene Wenger has offered a worrying update on Alexis Sanchez after the attacker limped out of Arsenal’s 3-1 defeat at West Brom with an ankle injury.
Sanchez was our most dangerous player once again during the opening forty five minute and he scored the equaliser in the 15th minute after West Brom had taken an early lead.
However, the Chilean international needed treatment towards the end of the first half after being on the end of a horror challenge from Baggies winger James McClean.
Alexis managed to continue but didn’t look the same after the break and Wenger has now confirmed that the 28-year-old shouldn’t have carried on as his ankle is in a ‘terrible state’.
The club wanted to take Sanchez off at half time but he insisted on playing on until Wenger was eventually forced to haul him off with Alex Iwobi coming on for the final 15 minutes.
The club will now carry out further assessment and while it’s hoped the injury isn’t anything serious and Sanchez will be able to play for Chile during the international break, Wenger has warned that if the ankle ligament is damaged he’s facing a spell on the sidelines.
Wenger is quoted as saying to Arsenal.com:
on if Alexis was injured…
He was injured from the tackle in the first half. It was a bad tackle. His ankle is in an absolutely terrible state. He should not have played in the second half but he insisted that he wanted to come out. In the first half he was the one who created many chances, made dangerous situations and in the second half you could see that he couldn’t anymore. In the end we had to take him off. He should not even have played in the second half.
on if he’ll miss the Chile games…
Chile goes to Argentina for a massive game but they play only next week and if it’s only a kick, he will play. If the ligament is damaged, he will not play.
The Arsenal boss also gave reporters a brief update on Petr Cech by confirming that the keeper picked up a calf injury shortly before half time.
Cech had just made a superb save to deny Darren Fletcher and keep the score at 1-1 when he pulled up holding his calf and had to be replaced by David Ospina.
Wenger is quoted as saying by the Metro:
‘We lost Petr Cech with a calf problem”
Sanchez and Cech’s injuries compounded what was a nightmare afternoon for Arsenal with the 3-1 defeat leaving us five points adrift of the top four with just one game in hand. Let’s hope neither player is ruled out for too long.