Arsene Wenger says Alexis hasn’t been included as part of Arsenal’s travelling party to the United States as he’s still recovering from the ankle injury he sustained in the final of the Copa America Centenario. The good news is that he’s on the mend.
The Chile international was subbed in the second half of the final and had to watch from the sidelines as his country beat Argentina to win the tournament. He later posted a series of images showing off gruesome swelling to his foot.
Speaking to Arsenal Player after the pre-season friendly with Lens, the boss touched on who would and would not make the plane to LA, including fitness update on Alexis and Gabriel.
“The players who won’t make it are the players who went very far in the European Championship, such as Ramsey, Ozil, Giroud and Koscielny.
“I left Gabriel behind today because he has tonsillitis and is infected. He cannot travel.
“Alexis will not go [to the States] because he had an ankle injury. That is not too bad but I will leave him behind as well.”
Whether his ankle is fine or not, Alexis isn’t expected to be part of Arsenal’s squad for the start of the season as he’s still on holiday.