Arsenal: Forward returns to training; Milan interest in midfielder; Rennes winger linked
Alexis Sanchez was pictured returning to training yesterday, as he steps up his bid to play for Chile against Uruguay tomorrow night. The Arsenal forward had heavy strapping around the upper part of his right leg, suggesting his injury is a hamstring worry as Arsene Wenger suggested. This game is crucial for Chile, who have it all on to qualify from an immensely competitive 10-team qualifying group. Arsenal travel to Manchester United on Saturday however, and regardless of the extent of the injury Sanchez cannot possibly be 100% fit for that game. All Arsenal can do is hope that Sanchez does not aggravate the injury further resulting in months rather than weeks out. Speaking to BeIN Sports, Wenger said:
“It’s a grey area between the national team and the club team and of course they look at their own results, which I can understand, but we have to preserve the health of Alexis Sanchez.
“He always wants to play and that’s where it is a more sensitive case because he’s always ready to play even when injured.”
That type of attitude is admirable, and Sanchez’s hunger and desire makes him the player he is. Though it is understandable that he is desperate to play for his country, should be put his Arsenal career at short-term risk that will not go unnoticed. The former Barcelona striker and the club are locked in contract talks with Sanchez likely to want in excess of £200,000 per week. Should Arsenal detect that he is not fully committed they might think twice about putting such a lucrative deal on the table.
Elsewhere, according to Italian publication Corriere dello Sport, AC Milan could reignite their interest in Jack Wilshere next summer and try and sign him permanently. The England international is currently on-loan at Bournemouth and his long-term future at the Emirates looks uncertain. His recent comments about the amount of midfield competition at Arsenal sounded like a player who had given up slightly. Moreover, there is no doubt that his decision to leave was made for the benefit of his England career rather than his Arsenal career; something that will not have gone down well. It is not absolutely unthinkable that Wilshere could return, but as the days tick by it seems less and less likely.
Finally, according to the Daily Star Arsenal are set to battle Liverpool for the signature of Rennes winger Paul Georges Ntep. Having lost Serge Gnabry to Werder Bremen in the summer and allowed Joel Campbell to leave on loan, Arsenal are perhaps light of a wide player. Alex Oxlade Chamberlain’s form is up and down, while other wide options such as Danny Welbeck and Lucas Perez are sidelined. Ntep has racked up four Ligue 1 assists already this season.
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