Wenger Confirms Blow After Key Man Suffers Injury During Win Over Man Utd
Arsene Wenger has confirmed Alexis Sanchez picked up a groin injury during Arsenal’s 3-0 victory over Manchester United on Sunday afternoon.
Arsene Wenger has confirmed Alexis Sanchez picked up a groin injury during Arsenal’s 3-0 victory over Manchester United on Sunday but will still link-up with the Chile squad this week.
After a slow start to the season, Sanchez has exploded in to life in recent weeks and after bagging a hat-trick again Leicester City last weekend he was among the goals again on Sunday.
The 26-year-old opened the scoring against United with a cheeky flick before wrapping up the win with a stunning third as Arsenal ripped Louis van Gaal’s side apart inside the opening 20 minutes at the Emirates.
However, Sanchez was forced off during the closing stages of the game and appeared to be feeling his groin as he limped off the pitch to be replaced by Kieran Gibbs in the 81st minute.
Wenger confirmed to Arsenal.com after the game that Sanchez has picked up a groin injury but the attacker is still going to join up with the Chile national team ahead of their double-header against Brazil and Peru.
He has a little groin problem. Unfortunately he goes to Chile. You cannot stop him from going to Chile and he loves so much to play for his country and he will play against Brazil [on Friday] and Peru [next] Tuesday so the game at home against Brazil he will not want to miss. Hopefully he will come back in good shape.
It sounds like Sanchez has asked the club for permission to play for his country against Brazil at the very least, so the Arsenal boss will be watching on with interest as the Copa America champions host the Samba Boys on Friday night.
It would be a huge blow for the Gunners if Sanchez was to aggravate the groin problem and make it worse while away on international duty as they have a key run of games coming up and he’s obviously a key player for them.
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