Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez is reportedly as risk of missing the opening Premier League game of the new season due to his ankle injury. The Chilean suffered the injury during his side’s triumph in this summer’s Copa America Centenario, and has been undergoing treatment ever since.
And despite there being weeks to go before the new season commences, reports are suggesting Arsenal’s talismanic attacker could be an absentee. It piles the problems on to manager Arsene Wenger, who could already be without striker Olivier Giroud, who was alleged to have been given a three-week holiday for his Euro 2016 excursions.
With Danny Welbeck out for the club until around March-time with a knee injury, Sanchez’s absence on top of uncertainty over Giroud leaves Arsenal very thin in attack for the start of the new campaign. Arsenal are pushing for the title in the coming season, and not having their world-class forward available to kick things off could be damaging.
Sanchez scored and created 17 goals in 28 Premier League games for Arsenal in 2015/16, and is considered highly important to Arsenal’s chances of major trophy success. Arsenal are 5/1 to win the 2016/17 Premier League title, but will the injury 27-year-old be fit to kick off the season?