Alexis Sanchez could be on collision course with Arsenal after the forward hinted he’s willing to risk himself in Chile’s World Cup qualifier with Argentina.
The Chilean was forced off in the Gunners’ 3-1 defeat to West Brom on the weekend and Arsene Wenger said the forward’s ankle was in a ‘terrible state’ after the game.
Wenger, 66, wanted to substitute Sanchez at half-time but he insisted on staying on and the Gunners fear he has damaged ligaments in his ankle.
However, reports in Chile last night said Sanchez would be risked in the country’s qualifier with Argentina on Thursday and Sanchez has appeared to confirm that in his latest Instagram post.
In a message to his 5.4million followers, Sanchez wrote: ‘The only failure is not to try.’
Wenger was furious with Chile in November after Sanchez played a part in their previous qualifiers, despite carrying an injury going into the games.
Manchester City (H) – Sun 2 Apr
West Ham (H) – Wed 5 Apr
Crystal Palace (A) – Mon 10 Apr
Middlesbrough (A) – Mon 17 apr
Manchester City (N) FA Cup – Sun 23 Apr
Tottenham (A) – Sun 30 Apr
Manchester United (H) – Sat 6 May
Stoke (A) – Sat 13 May
The Gunners face Manchester City at the Emirates on April 2nd in the first game after the international break and Wenger will be desperate to have Sanchez fit.
Saturday’s defeat dropped Wenger’s side into sixth and they can ill-afford to drop further ground on their rivals in the race for the top four.