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Wenger concerned by Sanchez injury

ESPN staff
February 15, 2015
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Arsene Wenger says he is "concerned" about the form and fitness of his star man Alexis Sanchez as Arsenal head into a crucial run of fixtures.

Sanchez has been Arsenal's shining star since his arrival from Barcelona last summer, with his 12 Premier League goals complemented by seven assists in a sparkling first few months in English football.

Yet Wenger suggested Sanchez was "in the red zone" and at risk of injury at the start of December and that fear has become a reality in recent weeks.

Alexis Sanchez is unlikely to face Middlesbrough in the FA Cup on Sunday © Getty Images

Sanchez is likely to sit out Sunday's FA Cup tie against Middlesbrough at the Emirates Stadium after picking up a swollen knee in Tuesday's Premier League win against Leicester, and Wenger may have to nurse the winger through a vital period of the season.

"It is a concern," said Wenger as he gave his view on Sanchez's fitness levels heading into a month that will include vital Premier League, FA Cup and Champions League games for Arsenal.

"He has had a little winter break in the last couple of weeks and that could be an advantage, but he didn't look right on Tuesday night. He got a knock on his knee and he was not feeling himself like he was before. There was not the same intensity as before.

"He has not trained since because he knee is very swollen. If there is any medical risk he will not play. Don't worry, we will not risk him if he is not ready. He is the type that you have to hold back because he wants to play every game, but he still has a problem."

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