Arsenal Team News: Duo Miss Training Ahead Of PSG + Wenger Offers Sanchez Update
Arsene Wenger has confirmed two players missed training today after picking up knocks ahead of the PSG gane while he also gave an update on Alexis Sanchez
Arsenal will look to secure top spot in Champions League Group A when they welcome Paris Saint-Germain to the Emirates on Wednesday night.
Ahead of the game, Arsene Wenger has been speaking to the media at his pre-match press conference this afternoon and he’s offered a team news and injury update.
The Gunners boss confirmed that Theo Walcott and Aaron Ramsey missed training at London Colney on Tuesday morning after picking up minor knocks during the 1-1 draw at Manchester United on Saturday.
Thankfully the problems aren’t thought to be too serious and Wenger is confident both Walcott and Ramsey will be available for selection to face PSG tomorrow evening.
The boss is quoted as saying to Arsenal.com:
Basically everybody is recovered from Saturday. We left Walcott and Ramsey on recovery but they should be alright for tomorrow.
Wenger also gave an update on the situation surrounding Alexis Sanchez after the striker started at Old Trafford despite still feeling the effects of a hamstring injury that he sustained while away with Chile during the international break.
The boss says he listened to the advice of his medical staff and the opinion of Alexis before making his decision, and insists he has never forced any player to take to the field while injured.
Wenger told Arsenal.com:
He [Sanchez] had a bandage before the [Man United] game because he had a little bit of tightness in his hamstring, but he was just checked before the game. I follow the instructions of the medical staff and of the player, and after I make my decision. If they declare him capable to play and he declares himself capable to play, I’ve never forced any player in my whole life to play. I’ve never demanded anyone to be injected to play. If a player says he’s 100 per cent, after I make my decision, do I play him or not? The suggestions that we pushed him to play when he’s not fit are completely wrong.
I don’t think anyone would need to ‘force’ Sanchez to play football as he’d play with one leg if he could but I get what Wenger is trying to say here. There is only so much he can do as if the medics say Sanchez is fit and Sanchez says he’s fit, then why shouldn’t the boss start him?
Alexis is a vital part of the team and I fully expect him to once again line-up from the start when we take on PSG tomorrow night looking for a win which would secure top spot in Group A.
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