Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has revealed that he slept off instead of watching Alexis Sanchez play against Uruguay in his World Cup Qualifier for Chile. The forward was a doubt for the game with a hamstring injury, but he recovered in time for the fixture to score a brace and give his side a massive boost in their bid to qualify for the biggest tournament in world football.
The Arsenal manager revealed that he will watch the delayed broadcast later but relayed that he has watched the goals, which has given him an indication that Sanchez's injury is not as bad as feared. Alexis had run the entire length of the field to score his first, something a player with an injured hamstring would not be able to do.
"I fell asleep," Wenger laughed, as quoted by the Mirror. "I have [since] watched the goals and he looked very sharp. I will watch the game today. I know him so well, like all my players that I observe every day, so I will be able to see if he was playing with a restriction or not. But the first goal he scored, he ran from the halfway line – if you are really injured with a hamstring you cannot do that."
"He always says he is okay! It is a very difficult one because I am sure he will come back saying he is alright. What I will consider is the risk of injury, because he played while recovering from a hamstring injury. I'll consider the way he feels as well," he added.
Arsenal will be without Hector Bellerin for the fixture. The Spaniard hurt his ankle ligaments following a tackle by Danny Rose in the closing minutes of their 1-1 draw with Tottenham at the Emirates. Carl Jenkinson or Mathieu Debuchy could slot in for the Spaniard, who is expected to be out for a minimum of four weeks.