By Editor Wayne Veysey
Arsenal are weighing up whether to rest Alexis Sanchez for Saturday’s trip to West Brom, Football Insider sources understand.
Arsene Wenger is considering dropping his star player down to the substitute’s bench for the Hawthorns clash as he seeks to manage his workload over the coming months.
With Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Aaron Ramsey back in full training, Wenger will have more attacking midfield options available than before the international break.
Sanchez started both of Chile’s World Cup qualifiers in south America despite suffering from a minor calf problem and has been a virtual ever-present for Arsenal this season.
The 26-year-old has started 11 of the Gunners’ 12 Premier League matches and all four of their Champions League fixtures after steering Chile to their Copa America triumph last summer.
He has barely missed a game since his £32million move to Arsenal from Barcelona and Arsenal are aware they have to handle him carefully to avoid a major breakdown.
Sanchez’s fitness is understood to be in the ‘red zone’, the point of fitness at which sportsmen are at a major risk of injury.
The Arsenal forward’s condition is a growing concern for Arsene Wenger as the manager plans his team’s title challenge after the international break.
Wenger knows that he has to carefully manage his key player’s workload ahead of a glut of fixtures over the next two months starting with Saturday’s trip to the Hawthorns.