Injury problems mount for Arsenal ahead of Manchester United clash

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Arsenal are sweating on the fitness of talisman Alexis Sanchez ahead of Saturday’s crunch match against Manchester United.

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Currently nursing a hamstring injury sustained on international duty with Chile, the 27-year-old is rated as touch-and-go for the game against Jose Mourinho’s men despite playing 84 minutes and scoring twice in La Roja’s 2-1 win over Uruguay in midweek.

With eight goals and five assists in just 15 games so far this season, Sanchez would be a huge miss for Wenger and Co. should he fail to fully recover in time to play on Saturday.

Providing an injury update in his pre-match press conference, Gunners boss Arsene Wenger admitted that he will wait until the last minute before making a decision on the forward’s fitness.

“He [Sanchez] is in good shape,” Wenger told reporters.

“What I will consider is the risk of injury. He played with a hamstring problem.

“You depend a lot on the honesty of the players.”

One player who is definitely out of the clash is Santi Cazorla, who took to Spanish radio to provide an update on the achilles problem that has kept him out of action for over a month.

“I still don’t know the exact time. I am trying to return as soon as possible to be with the team again, but I cannot say if it will be soon or if I still have a few weeks left,” he said in an interview with Cadena SER.

“It is what I do not know, but hopefully it will be as soon as possible.’

Regular right-back Hector Bellerin and new signing Lucas Perez are also unavailable for the game against United after suffering ankle injuries.

It is expected that Bellerin will be out for around four weeks following what Wenger described as a ‘very strong tackle’ from Tottenham’s Danny Rose during the recent north London derby.

“Hector is out for four weeks,” Wenger said.

“He got injured in the last 10 seconds against Tottenham in a very strong tackle from Rose.”


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