Arsenal Banter brings you latest update on Arsenal news from top media sites like Daily Mail, Metro, The Express, The Independent, The Telegraph, SkySports and so on.
Alexis Sanchez could be selected for the opening game of the Premier League season against Leicester City.
Arenal have revealed that Alexis will be joining the first team for training on Sunday, alongside Shkodran Mustafi. The duo will then have 1 day to get fit for the premier league season opener with Leicester City.
Arsene Wenger has said he will examine the duo before the game, but hinted that Alexis could be used.
“First of all you make a really good check up of where they are, how much they have worked during their break,” Wenger told Arsenal Player.
“After, once you know where you stand, they need an adjusted programme and to see how quickly you can fit them in again.
“Of course it depends as well on what is the need in the squad, what is their quality. All of these things together make your decision. Do you put them on the bench when they are not ready [to start]?
“It is easier to put a striker on the bench than a defender, sometimes. Because in a short period they can make an impact. We’ll see.”
This is all assuming that Alexis resumes training when he is expected to and doesn’t magically produce a sick note from out of nowhere.
The Chilean caused a bit of unrest when he announced he was “sick”, while looking like a school boy trying to get his mother to give him the day off school.
This has led to speculation that this may be a ploy to avoid returning to training on Sunday as expected, as the timing is pretty dubious.
We’ll give Alexis the benefit of the doubt here, and hope that he gets back together with the team soon. It’d be a nice change of pace to be able watch the Chilean in action again and not have to wonder about his impending future.
Arsenal play Benfica and Sevilla this weekend in the Emirates Cup and then Chelsea in the Community Shield before the opening game against Leicester.
That Community Shield game could be the earliest we see Alexis return, all going well.