Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger says he is happy to bide his time when deciding on whether or not to select Alexis Sanchez against Manchester United on Saturday.
The striker has been struggling with a hamstring injury and Wenger questioned the wisdom of him being selected for Chile for their recent 2018 World Cup qualifiers.
However, after missing their first game in Colombia, he scored twice in the 3-1 win over Uruguay and immediately informed his manager that he was ready to play at Old Trafford.
United’s injury-hit defence could provide Sanchez with plenty of opportunities and Wenger will be keen to have arguably his most dangerous finisher available, as he looks to finally defeat Jose Mourinho in the Premier League.
Arsenal are 3.00 to win the game, with the draw 3.20 and the Red Devils the 2,50 favourites. The Frenchman is keen not to take any unnecessary chances for Saturday’s game, however, insisting that he will only make a decision once he has spoken to the 27-year-old, who is currently 8.00 to score first with Dafabet’s Price Boosts.
Wenger said: “We were in doubt before the game, 24 hours before the game against Uruguay. We didn’t know if he would play or not but in the end they decided to play him. “He text us that he is in good shape after the game – he came off after 84 minutes.
Now we have to wait. “I will see him on Friday morning to see if he will be involved in the squad or not.” He added: “I will consider the risk of injury because he played while recovering from a hamstring injury.”