Wenger contemplating ‘angering’ Sanchez with rest

Date published: Tuesday 1st March 2016 9:40

Arsene Wenger ‘may risk angering’ Alexis Sanchez by resting him in upcoming Arsenal games, according to The Times.

Sanchez has struggled for form this season after enjoying an excellent debut campaign at the Emirates Stadium, in which he scored 16 goals in 35 Premier League games, and helped Arsenal to a second consecutive FA Cup triumph.

But the 27-year-old has failed to reach such heights this season, scoring just six times in 19 games and visibly struggling with fatigue.

Sanchez was also sidelined for two months from November after suffering a hamstring injury, and has scored just once since his January return.

Matt Hughes, Deputy Football Correspondent for The Times, reports that manager Wenger is considering resting Sanchez for future Arsenal games, a decision which could ‘anger’ the forward.

‘Arsene Wenger is facing a conundrum over whether to rest Alexis Sanchez for part of Arsenal’s Premier League title run-in,’ Hughes writes. ‘The Arsenal manager may omit the forward for his side’s match at home to Swansea City tomorrow but is wary of alienating one of his key players because the Chilean wants to keep playing.

‘Sanchez accepts that he has not been at his best since returning from two months out with a hamstring injury but is adamant that he does not need a rest and believes that he can play his way back into form. Wenger on the other hand fears that Sanchez is fatigued after being denied a pre-season break because of Chile’s Copa America exploits last summer and is minded to give him a break. The 27-year-old has not scored in the league since October and has managed just one FA Cup goal since returning from injury in January.’

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