Despite the fact that he only arrived back in England this week after his summer holidays, Arsene Wenger seemed hesitant to completely rule out Alexis Sanchez from our opening Premier League game against West Ham on Sunday.
Ideally you’d want to ease him into some training, then gradually introduce him into the team, but this is the human dynamo, the whirlwind, the force of nature, the fusion powered footballing reactor that is Alexis Sanchez, so normal rules don’t necessarily apply.
“Alexis is back in training,” said the Arsenal manager, “but I don’t think he will be involved on Sunday, it is a bit early … maybe.
“We have to decide that at the end of the week, but I don’t think he will be involved.”
By all accounts he’s come back in good shape, probably down to the fact he spent his holidays running up mountains, building some new schools and hospitals with his bare hands, and doing fitness work on the beach.
“Alex without running around is not Alex,” said Wenger. “You can’t imagine him lying on the beach somewhere and not moving! He came back in good fitness shape so that is quite positive, but I am not surprised by that because I can’t imagine him lying around for four weeks and doing nothing.”
There were also updates on Danny Welbeck and Tomas Rosicky who are both on what the boss calls a ‘progressive recovery.’
Your guess is as good as ours.