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Alexis Alejandro Sanchez | Forward | #7

Team: Arsenal
Age / DOB:  (28) / 12/19/1988
Ht / Wt:  5'7" / 154

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Arsenal supporters will be boosted by talisman Alexis overcoming his ankle injury to take the field for Chile against Argentina in World Cup qualifying.
There are still massive questions about Sanchez's future at the Emirates but for the short term it seems likely he will be back for the stretch run. The Gunners will be hoping to overtake at least two of Manchester United, Manchester City, Liverpool, and Spurs to return to the Champions League yet again under Arsene Wenger. Failure to do so could see the club start in on a series of changes in the squad and in management. Mar 26 - 4:42 PM

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Alexis Sanchez is expected to line-up against Argentina in the early hours of Thursday morning after being cleared to play in the World Cup qualifier.

The Arsenal supremo was rated as a major doubt on Saturday after he was forced off because of an ankle problem at West Brom, an injury which manager Arsène Wenger described as "terrible" amid fears that he had sustained ligament damage. However, following ongoing tests in Chile, it now looks like Sanchez is ready to be patched up for the decisive game in Buenos Aires: "The last news I have is that it was only the kick. I don't know if his ligament was damaged or not - it was swollen so hard to assess after the game - but it looks positive," Wenger told beIN Sports. The news will come as huge relief for Arsenal supporters who had feared that their talismanic attacker would miss the remainder of the season, although they must now contend with Sanchez playing another 180 minutes before the Premier League fixture against Man City on April 02.
Source: The Mirror
Mar 22 - 2:42 PM

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said the club is waiting on the full extent of Alexis Sanchez's ankle injury.

Early reports suggest that Sanchez did not sustain any serious damage and is expected to take part in the upcoming internationals with Chile, much to the chagrin of Arsenal fans and fantasy managers. Wenger said Sanchez shouldn't have played on in the club's 3-1 loss to West Brom on Saturday, but the former Barcelona man insisted: "He was injured from the tackle in the first half. It was a bad tackle. His ankle is in an absolutely terrible state. He should not have played in the second half but he insisted that he wanted to come out....Chile goes to Argentina for a massive game but they play only next week and if it's only a kick, he will play. If the ligament is damaged, he will not play."
Source: ESPN FC
Mar 21 - 2:39 PM

Alexis Sanchez left Saturday's match with West Brom with what was termed a serious injury but word today is that he will be ready to go for Chile against Argentina over the international break.

It's hard to know what to believe with Sanchez and Arsenal these days. Between the benching against Liverpool, the contract rumors and now the conflicting information coming out about his injury it's just an informational mess. The positive thing for fantasy managers is that we'll have the better part of two weeks of evidence of his health or lack thereof before we have to make any decisions. Arsene Wenger had better hope the news is good though given where Arsenal are in the race for the top four.
Source: @BenDinnery
Mar 20 - 7:55 PM

Arsène Wenger admits he is "very worried" about his sides recent slump after West Brom condemned Arsenal to their fourth Premier League defeat in five.

The Gunners were deservedly beaten at the Hawthorns and Arsenal face the real prospect of a finishing outside of the Top Four having slipped to fifth. Prior to kick off Wenger had been dealt a double injury blow after Mesut Ozil was ruled out as a precaution due to a hamstring complaint while Luca Perez didn’t make the match day squad because of a thigh injury. Problems then began to mount in the first half after Petr Cech tweaked his calf playing a simple pass which resulted in David Ospina coming on for his first Premier League appearance in almost a year. Alexis Sanchez was then caught by James McClean, and although he soldiered on until the 78th minute, his mobility was severely hampered. "We lost Cech on a calf problem, after [that] we lost Sanchez, he stayed on, but in the second half he was not himself," Wenger said. "His ankle doesn’t look good."
Source: The Mirror
Mar 18 - 1:08 PM

The future of Arsene Wenger at Arsenal was put into further question today, as the Gunners took a fourth loss in their last five league games, falling to West Brom, 3-1.

This looked like a chance for the Gunners to get back on track, matched up against a West Brom side that looked sluggish the past couple of weeks but the Baggies gave them a fight, scoring the opening goal before the quarter hour mark. Alexis Sanchez, once again at the heart of the Arsenal attack answered back less than three minutes later, fed a cross by Granit Xhaka in space and smashed home his eighteenth goal of the season. Wenger's side took a major blow later in the half, when Petr Cech was forced off with a calf injury, David Ospina replacing him. West Brom would go on to score two unanswered goals in the second half, exploiting the Gunners on set pieces twice on the day. Sanchez continues to deliver the fantasy goods but Arsenal are a club in crisis at the moment.
Source: NBC Sports
Mar 18 - 10:33 AM

Arsene Wenger has invited massive criticism by excluding a healthy Alexis in the Gunners massive showdown at Anfield.

The joint top scorer has seemingly been disgruntled in recent weeks and apparently Arsene Wenger has had enough. With Arsenal's top four fate hanging in the balance a poor result will surely lead to yet another media firestorm with Arsene Wenger at the center of it.
Mar 4 - 1:24 PM

Hull City made it a contest for 90 minutes, but a controversial first goal and a late penalty converted by Alexis Sanchez steered Arsenal to a 2-0 win.

Sometimes you need a goal any way you can get it and sometimes you need a win any way you can get it and that summed up Arsenal's day. Sanchez was active early and often, dragging a shot wide and finding Mesut Ozil for a chance that went missed, but Hull's defense was resolute in the opening half hour. Then, in the 34th minute, Kieran Gibbs' shot was defended off the line but Sanchez knocked it in off of his arm. While not intended, it gave the Gunners some breathing room. However, pressure began to mount as time went on with Hull still a moment away from equalizing. Sanchez put the stamp on the win though in added time after Hull conceded a penalty following a handball incident from a Lucas Perez header. Sanchez takes the lead in the race for the golden boot with goals 16 and 17 today.
Source: NBC Sports
Feb 11 - 9:32 AM

Alexis Sanchez has been left out of Chile's January international friendlies scheduled for China.

Sanchez is famous for his desire to play as often as possible for both Arsenal and Chile. That desire has led to injury in the past. Fortunately for the Gunners, Chile has elected to leave Sanchez home for their January 10th and 15th friendlies in China. The extended rest should give Sanchez a better chance of making it through the second half of the season without an injury problem.
Wed, Dec 14, 2016 06:51:00 AM

Alexis Sanchez remained hot but Arsenal didn't convert some good chances and fell 2-1 to Everton at Goodison Park.

The Gunners hadn't lost in the Premier League since the opening day of the season. That record changed as they fell to Liverpool's other side on Tuesday. Mesut Ozil couldn't keep his strike down in the second half and the Gunners had two chances cleared off the line in the dying seconds. There was also a penalty appeal from Alexis denied in the final moments.
Tue, Dec 13, 2016 04:46:00 PM

All eyes were on Arsenal's hat-trick hero Alexis Sanchez in a 5-1 win against West Ham at the Olympic Stadium.

The Chilean playmaker contributed to four of the club's five goals with an assist on the Gunners' opening goal from Mesut Ozil in the 24th minute to go with his second-half hat-trick to bring him even with league leaders Sergio Aguero and Diego Costa with 11 goals. Sanchez scored his hat-trick in a 14-minute stretch, starting in the 72nd minute when he worked past two defenders to beat Darren Randolph to the far post. He followed that up in the 80th with a curling effort before capping the night after being sent through by Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, who added a goal in the 84th to bury the Hammers.
Source: NBC Sports
Sat, Dec 3, 2016 02:45:00 PM

Alexis Sanchez scored a brace as Arsenal edged past Bournemouth 3-1 at home on Sunday.

The Gunners remain fourth in the table after a pair of strikes by Sanchez and a header by Theo Walcott were enough for the home side to earn a hard-fought victory. The match was a lively from the star as the sides traded opportunities early, however, it was Arsenal who struck first. Sanchez grabbed his first of the match when he pounced on a poor backpass from Steve Cook and finished past Adam Federici to give Arsenal a 1-0. Bournemouth didn't take long to level the match and found their goal through Callum Wilson when the forward slotted home a penalty, the Cherries' first ever against Arsenal, after he was brought down by Nacho Monreal. The score remained deadlocked until the 53rd minute when Walcott headed home a cross from Monreal at the far post, while they doubled their lead through Sanchez to seal the victory in stoppage time. The Gunners remain in fourth with the victory, which puts them two points off Liverpool and Manchester City, but three off leaders Chelsea.
Source: NBC Sports
Sun, Nov 27, 2016 12:07:00 PM

Arsene Wenger still hasn't committed to Alexis starting at Old Trafford on Saturday but it seems likely that he will.

It is a frustrating situation for Arsenal supporters and fantasy managers alike. Sanchez played, and played well scoring a brace, for Chile in mid-week but Arsene Wenger has resisted the temptation to assume that his star forward is ready to go for the weekend. It seems likely, between his participation for Chile and the high profile nature of the match-up, that Sanchez will play but if you have any doubt you may want to look for a more certain option for fantasy purposes.
Fri, Nov 18, 2016 04:45:00 PM

Alexis Sanchez shook off a hamstring injury to score a brace as hosts Chile beat Uruguay 3-1 in World Cup qualifying on Tuesday.

After missing Chile's qualifier on Thursday, there was worry in the Arsenal camp about his fitness for Week 12 at Old Trafford and beyond. The worries were at least somewhat mitigated as Sanchez not only played but starred against Uruguay. His brace was the difference and Arsene Wenger will hope his star is ready come Saturday.
Tue, Nov 15, 2016 10:46:00 PM

Alexis will be available to Chile for their qualifier against Uruguay on Tuesday after missing the match against Colombia on Thursday with a minor injury.

Whether Arsene Wenger agrees with the Juan Antonio Pizzi's assessment of Alexis' fitness remains to be seen. The Arsenal talisman has a reputation for pushing the boundaries of his health to the breaking point. With a huge match with Manchester United looming on the weekend, the Gunners will have a massive decision to make in regards to their best attacking player. Should Sanchez make it through the qualifier healthy consider him likely to start against the Red Devils this weekend but not certain.
Mon, Nov 14, 2016 05:33:00 PM