Arsene Wenger says he wants to give Alexis Sanchez a breather, but the injury problems at the club mean he can’t do that just yet.
Already tired before the international break, the Chilean played twice for his country and returns to England after a transatlantic journey there and back.
The Arsenal manager says he’s going to have to rest him at some stage, but right now he just can’t. He also touched on the former Barcelona man’s desire to play as often as possible, saying, “I am worried because before he went away with Chile he was a bit jaded. But if I ask him ‘are you tired?’ you can guess the answer.
“At some point I will give him a break. At the moment I am a bit short because there’s no Chamberlain, no Ramsey, no Walcott, no Wilshere, no Welbeck. There are not many offensive positions where I can rotate.”
The manager also confirmed that Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain should be fit for next weekend’s trip to Norwich while Aaron Ramsey could feature in the Champions League on Tuesday.
Speaking about the Ox, he said, “He had a slight little setback on Monday but we checked by scan and there is nothing wrong but he is still a fraction short for Saturday.
“Ramsey will be back in full training on Monday and can play on Tuesday and Chamberlain I think against Norwich.
“Theo is ahead of schedule at the moment but he is still two weeks away.”