Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has explained that Alexis Sanchez doesn’t suffer from a problem which plagues many players; fatigue.
The Chilean attacker has been in great form for Arsenal this season, with the obvious worry of a burnout factor for a player experiencing a Premier League winter for the first time in his career.
However, Wenger has revealed that Sanchez has effectively removed the problem for him with regards to whether he needs a rest, as medical tests at Arsenal show he’s not getting fatigued after big games.
“Sanchez recovers very quickly and he doesn't look in our tests to have any fatigue problem,” said Wenger.
“He has a good combination of what you want to see from top players - that means being ready for a fight and talent.”
“You look at the players who have that confidence and you are torn between when a player is that confident to keep him on playing or give him a rest.”
Sanchez is an important player for Arsenal and not simply because he’s bagged ten goals and six assists in the Premier League so far this season.
His biggest asset is that he gives his manager several different options, which is significant considering the number of injuries Arsenal have been forced to endure over the last 12 months.
He’s played in seven different positions so far this season on either side of midfield, through the middle of the team and covering up front.
The fact he doesn’t suffer in terms of fatigue means he’s always available and commonly the player Arsene Wenger turns to when he needs a top quality attacking star in a key position, at the top of his team.
The main worry for Arsenal is what happens when sides start to work out Sanchez and find ways to keep him muted in the big games.
Wenger’s comments suggest he’s always going to play when he’s available, so it’s important for Arsenal and the Chilean to find ways, which keep him effective, as it doesn’t look like he’s ever going to be rested.