The Chilean international has missed the past two matches with injury and his absence on Saturday was acutely felt as the Gunners were downed by North London rivals Spurs 2-1.
Arsene Wenger’s side quickly have the opportunity to put that result behind them as Leicester City visit the Emirates Stadium on Tuesday, and the Frenchman confirms that Sanchez could be in line to start.
“One player who has a chance to be on the bench or to start maybe is Sanchez,” Wenger was quoted as saying by the Mirror.
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Should Arsenal start Alexis Sanchez against Leicester City?
The former Barcelona star has been in wonderful form since trading the Nou Camp for North London last summer, scoring 12 goals and adding a further seven assists in 20 Premier League starts.
As per the table provided by Opta Stats, aside from his superb goal haul he is also very much a team player, averaging 2.71 key passes and 5.24 ball recoveries per game.
Sanchez's impact on the North Londoners this season has been evident, and Wenger must consider Sanchez to be the first name on the teamsheet when at full fitness.
However, let’s not forget that Wenger has worked hard in providing the Gunners with strength in depth in attacking areas and Sanchez’s teammates have also chipped in with their fair share of goals.
If the 26-year-old is still not quite 100 percent fit, Wenger should feel no need to risk him against the Premier League’s basement side on Tuesday with the abundance of quality available to him elsewhere.
A fit Sanchez will prove far more important to the team in the season run-in than a one-off Premier League fixture at home to a struggling Foxes side.