Why did Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain come in for Alexis Sanchez against Aston Villa?

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain started instead of Alexis Sanchez for Arsenal against Aston Villa at Villa Park in the Premier League.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger made a late change to his starting line-up for this afternoon’s Premier League clash against Aston Villa at Villa Park.

Chile international forward Alexis Sanchez was initially named in the Gunners’ first XI for the match, but soon after he was replaced by Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (click here to read more).

Arsenal’s official Twitter page did not initially state the reason for the change, and it was feared that Sanchez had picked up an injury in warm-up.

However, ESPN claims that it was a misprint in the initial teamsheet, and that ‘Oxlade-Chamberlain was always meant to start’.

The Premier League giants have also confirmed that Sanchez is not injured, posting the following message on Twitter just before the match:

The former Barcelona star is on the substitutes’ bench, but it remains to be seen whether he will be called into action by Wenger during the game.

Arsenal are currently going through a bad run of form at the moment. The North London suffered a 2-0 defeat to Borussia Dortmund in Germany in the Champions League on Tuesday and have drawn their last three league matches.

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