The decision Arsenal should make with Alexis Sanchez

Arsenal should not start Alexis Sanchez against Leicester City, but instead begin with him on the bench.

Alexis Sanchez is back available for Arsenal, but should the club's top scorer be left on the bench against bottom side Leicester City?

The Gunners are reeling from a 2-1 defeat to rivals Tottenham, and the temptation is to go all out in the following match in an effort to wipe the slate clean.

Arsene Wenger could do with his side repeating the 5-0 win achieved against Aston Villa, a clinical victory which was gained without Sanchez.

The Chilean international was pictured back in training on Monday (above), but with the game at home to bottom side Leicester as soon as Tuesday night, the sensible decision is to keep him rested as long as possible.

The best decision may be to start with Sanchez on the bench, and allow the attacking players who played at the weekend to make amends.

If Wenger feels the side needs freshening up, an option already exists in Theo Walcott who was left out of the starting XI against Spurs.

Arsenal's attack should have too much for Leicester even without Sanchez, but having him on the bench will also leave room for error should the starters struggle to break the deadlock.

The game is a must-win, especially with the chance to climb back above Spurs should they drop points away at Anfield, but the FA Cup tie against Middlesbrough at the weekend is also vital.

Whether Sanchez starts against Leicester or not may depend on which fixture Arsene Wenger decides is most important, but if he wants to play it safe in terms of risking the attacker aggravating his hamstring injury by returning too soon, keeping him on the bench against Nigel Pearson's side is the better choice.

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