Reveals Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger as he expresses fears over star man’s fitness
- Sanchez has been Arsenal’s top performer this season, scoring 14 goals
- He arrived from Barcelona for £30million and has already played 27 games
- Wenger fears Sanchez is in the red zone ahead of his side’s trip to Stoke
- READ: Arsenal would be hovering above relegation zone without Sanchez
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger admits star-man Alexis Sanchez is in the ‘red zone’ following his phenomenal start to life in England.
The £30million forward, who trained at Arsenal’s London Colney base on Friday, has been brilliant since arriving from Barcelona in the summer.
He has already made 22 appearances for the Gunners, scoring 14 goals but his massive contribution has come at a cost with Wenger admitting the Chile star is pushing his body to the limit.
Chile international Alexis Sanchez is pictured in training on Friday at Arsenal’s London Colney base
Sanchez braced the winter elements as he trained with his team-mates ahead of the Stoke clash
Alexis Sanchez has starred for Arsenal since his £30million arrival from Barcelona in the summer
Sanchez is put through his paces in training
Sanchez shares a joke with Lukas Podolski after Arsenal’s 1-0 victory over Southampton on Wednesday
The Chile international takes on Southampton’s Ryan Bertrand at the Emirates Stadium
‘He is in the red zone, you can see that when he plays but he can dig deep,’ said Wenger.
‘He played his 27th game on Wednesday since the start of the season, if you consider international games and travelling on top of that.
‘Unfortunately you never know how far you can push it. We are not scientific enough to predict that completely but he has good recovery potential. He recovers very quickly.’
Meanwhile, Wenger claims he is ready to offer Abou Diaby a new contract if he can prove his fitness.
Sanchez is mobbed by his Arsenal team-mates after scoring the winning goal against Southampton
The Arsenal ace is shoved off the ball and Wenger fears his new signing is in the ‘red zone’
Injury has ravaged yet another season for the French midfielder, whose Arsenal career has been dogged by fitness issues.
Diaby has seven months left on his current deal, but Wenger says he is open to offering him an extension provided he overcomes his injury problems.
‘Diaby is on the fringe of coming back into full training but he is not there yet – he has a calf problem,’ added Wenger.
‘His injuries are never severe but little grade one (tears). He is not available yet. If Diaby is fully fit, he will have a new deal at Arsenal.’
Source : Daily Mail