Arsenal round-up: Sanchez to return; Pair leave on loan; Kolasinac praises youngster
Arsenal will be hoping that Alexis Sanchez returns to the team soon, especially after the attack struggled to create clear-cut chances against Stoke City. The Independent report that the Chilean is in contention to make his first appearance of the season against Liverpool this weekend. He has been suffering from an abdominal strain, but he has returned to training and is ready to give the club a boost ahead of the weekend.
The constant speculation about his future makes it difficult to know whether the injury is genuine or being used to cover the real reason for his absence. If he returns before the transfer window closes, it would suggest that the reason he was missing was not related to his future. Sanchez has been conducting himself professionally and hasn’t skipped training or refused to play like some players have this summer. He deserves credit for that.
Birmingham City have confirmed loan deals for Arsenal pair Carl Jenkinson and Cohen Bramall. The two players have joined for the upcoming season and it has been regarded as a coup for Harry Redknapp. This news did come out of nowhere, but Arsene Wenger will be pleased that they have managed to loan out the two individuals. They were unlikely to play any part for the first team this season and they will now get the opportunity to play regular football.
The loans offer different possibilities to the two players. Jenkinson will want to find his form and earn himself a permanent move, whether that be to Birmingham or another club. The right-back will prefer to play in the Premier League, but this loan suggests that he is ready to take a backward step, in order to move forward again. Meanwhile, Bramall has had little experience of professional football and needs games to develop. He is the one more likely to have a future at the Emirates Stadium.
Reiss Nelson has impressed during pre-season and it seems that his team-mates have noticed the talent that he possesses. Sead Kolasinac is a big fan and he told the official site:
“He’s quick, a very strong dribbler and he has everything you need as an offensive player. He’s still young and has a lot to learn, also academically.
“It’s good for him to have more experienced players around who can take care of him, like Mesut, who plays in his position, or other players too. I’m very impressed by him.”
The future looks bright for the winger and he will be hoping to gain some first-team football this season. During pre-season, he did enough to suggest he is ready to test himself at senior level. It is more likely that he is given experience in the cups rather than the Premier League, but if he makes an impact, there is no reason why he can’t play a part. Marcus Rashford burst onto the scene a couple of seasons ago. Nelson could have a similar impact during the 2017/18 campaign.