Major Arsenal blow as Wenger rules Sanchez out of Liverpool clash

By Arsenal correspondent Tony Hughes

Alexis Sanchez has been ruled out of Arsenal’s Premier League clash against Liverpool next Wednesday after suffering a fresh injury setback.

Arsene Wenger revealed on Thursday that the Chilean had suffered a second setback in his increasingly complicated recovery from a hamstring injury that has kept him out since late November.

Sanchez was ruled out of Saturday’s FA Cup clash against Sunderland this weekend and now Wenger has said that the forward won’t be fit for the landmark clash at Anfield next week.

“Sanchez is a bit short,” said Wenger at his media briefing on Friday morning. “I hope that he can get a persistent presence. We’re going into a run of games where we need everybody.”

The Arsenal boss also confirmed Sanchez won’t be fit for Liverpool.

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Sanchez forward had been pencilled in to return for the Gunners at Emirates Stadium on Saturday after being out since 29 November, when he went off with a hamstring injury in the 1-1 draw against Norwich at Carrow Road.

This comes after he previously missed the win over Manchester City on 21 December that had initially been targeted for his comeback.

“The bad news of the week is that Alexis is not quite ready,” Wenger told the Arsenal website on Thursday afternoon. “It is a precaution because of his hamstring, and it takes a few more days. He’s not bad but he’s not ready.”

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More encouragingly for Arsenal, Mikel Arteta is in contention for a return to the squad after a lengthy absence with a calf injury. The club captain played 45 minutes in midweek for the Arsenal Under-21s.

The latest bulletin from Wenger about the recovery of Danny Welbeck, who has not played in 9 months due to a knee injury, is also positive.

“Welbeck will be three to four weeks,” said the Arsenal manager.