Arsene Wenger confirms major Arsenal injury boost as 28-year-old returns
By Abigail Withey
Arsene Wenger has confirmed that Alexis Sanchez has returned to training following his absence from both the Community Shield and Premier League opening games.
The 28-year-old’s future with the Gunners has been a big talking point over the summer transfer window, with the Chilean in the final 12 months of his contract and no signs of an extension.
Wenger announced that Sanchez had rejoined his fellow team mates on Friday after he took a break following his efforts in the Confederation Cup with Chile.
Following the Gunners’ 4-3 victory over Leicester City in their Premier League opener, the Arsenal boss delivered his update on the Chile international after the attacker was seen watching his team from the stands.
The French manager, who recently extended his deal with the club for a further two years, was asked whether there was an update on the striker’s situation.
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“No,” he was quoted in the Telegraph. “He practised well today, this morning, had a good session for the first time because he had a little muscular strain.”
“He is focused and happy in the dressing room because we won the game.”
It is a major boost for Arsenal fans, who will be delighted to hear that the Chilean has returned to training and will be hoping that his return means he will remain at the Emirates for the rest of the season.
Arsenal head to the Britannia stadium next weekend to face Stoke City, where the Gunners will be hoping to secure another three points.
In other Arsenal news, a Gunners midfielder is close to agreeing a new £225,000-a-week deal.