Alexis Sanchez has confirmed he will be ready for Manchester United’s game with Arsenal on Saturday despite picking up a knock on international duty, whilst Hector Bellerin looks set to miss out.
It was reported last week that the pair would be doubts for Arsenal’s visit to Old Trafford after both sustained knocks whilst training with their respective international sides.
However, Sanchez returned in time for Chile’s World Cup qualifier with Uruguay last week, netting twice in a 3-1 win.
Speaking after the game, the Chilean confirmed his muscle injury was no longer an issue ahead of the clash with Jose Mourinho’s side.
“I travel today [Wednesday] to London,” Sanchez said. “I will train on Friday and travel the same day to Manchester to play Saturday midday. There is no problem with me playing.”
Bellerin, on the other hand, has been ruled out by Arsene Wenger.
“He got injured in the last 10 seconds in a very strong tackle from Danny Rose,” said the Arsenal boss.
Sanchez’s recovery rate, it must be said, is somewhat inhuman. The Chilean’s brushes off muscle injuries like we brush off a stubbed toe, and it is no surprise to see him make a speedy return. Wenger, in keeping with his selectional policy over the next few weeks, will most likely deploy the 27-year-old up front in order to test the limited pace of Daley Blind, leaving Olivier Giroud on the bench as a potential impact substitute.
Bellerin’s absence could prove to be crucial, however. In the right-back’s place will be Carl Jenkinson, a notably less mobile full-back. Anthony Martial, deployed on the left hand side, could find plenty of space.