Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger admits to Alexis Sanchez dilemma

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Arsenal ace Alexis Sanchez could face a fitness issue for the start of next season.

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has revealed that star player Alexis Sanchez could face a fitness struggle in August should Chile go far in their upcoming Copa America campaign, The Sun report.

The Chile international has been superb since trading the Nou Camp for the Emirates last summer, scoring 14 goals and assisting a further eight in 29 Premier League starts.

His form has prompted widespread praise and the public backing of compatriot Manuel Pellegrini, the City boss previously labelling Sanchez the Premier League’s best player, as per the Daily Mail.

The former Barcelona ace is among Chile’s most recognised stars and his fellow countrymen will be looking to him to provide the spark in their upcoming Copa America campaign.

Chile have high hopes for the tournament, but a memorable campaign could in turn prove costly for the Gunners as Wenger has aired fears over Sanchez’s possible fitness levels.

“The Copa America is not good news for us because they finish the tournament very late and if Chile go a long way in the competition Alexis will miss the start of the season,” Wenger admitted.

The Copa America finishes on July 4, five weeks before the 2015/16 Premier League season gets underway on August 8.

However, as with last summer’s World Cup winners Mesut Ozil, Per Mertesacker and Lukas Podolski, a lengthy tournament can cause burnout and impact on early-season club form.

The North Londoners have been on a wonderful run in 2015, and their chances of a sustained title bid next season may hinge on their ability to start the next campaign with a bang.

Arsene Wenger’s men claimed just 11 points from their first eight matches – 11 fewer than Chelsea - this season, a total they cannot afford to repeat next year if they are to challenge their rivals for the top-flight crown.

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