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Alexis Alejandro Sanchez | Forward

Team: Arsenal
Age / DOB:  (26) / 12/19/1988
Ht / Wt:  5'7" / 154

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Arsene Wenger has indicated that Alexis Sanchez is "fit...working hard and ready for the weekend".
That should be all the encouragement that fantasy managers need to include Sanchez in their line-ups after a week where it was something of a surprise that he was even included on the bench. Sanchez has had two consecutive active summers between the World Cup and the Copa America and Arsene Wenger indicated that the Chilean would likely miss the first match of the season entirely and maybe the first two. Apparently the plan has changed as he came on as a sub in Week 1 and appears to be ready to reclaim his starting role in Week 2. Aug 13 - 6:20 PM

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Arsene Wenger has confirmed that Alexis Sanchez will not return to the club until 3rd August, 2015 and therefore the Chilean will miss the season opener when West Ham visit the Emirates.

Sanchez has been given additional time-off following his involvement in this summers’ Copa America and won’t be ready for at least 2/3 weeks. A place in the squad for the trip to Selhurst Park in GW2 is possible with last seasons’ Player of the Year returning to full action against Liverpool the following weekend. Wenger also confirmed that Danny Welbeck should be ready for the beginning of August with the forward expected to play in the Emirates Cup at the end of July. However the news regarding Tomas Rosicky was not so positive with the 34 year-old out for at least a month due to a knee injury.
Jul 14 - 10:19 AM

Argentina dropped it's second straight major tournament after advancing to the final match as the went down to Chile on penalties.

Argentina has a line-up filled with world superstars but for the second straight final they looked like less than the sum of their parts. Chile played well and took their penalties well with Arsenal talisman Sanchez getting the winner to send the host nation into delerium.
Jul 4 - 9:48 PM

Chile are sweating on the availability of Alexis Sanchez after tests revealed the Arsenal forward is suffering from muscle fatigue although coach Jorge Sampaoli remains hopeful his star player will be ready for Saturdays’ crucial Group A clash against Bolivia.

Chile need to avoid defeat to guarantee their progression to the knockout phase of the Copa America with Mexico facing Ecuador who sit bottom having lost both matches in this year’s tournament. The news comes just 24 hours after Arturo Vidal escaped serious injury following a car crash – the Juventus midfielder avoided jail but has been banned from driving for four months after he was found guilty of drink driving - his involvement this weekend is yet to be determined.
Jun 18 - 12:51 PM

Alexis Sanchez had a late goal ruled out for a questionable-at-best offsides call which prevented host Chile from beating Mexico in a thrilling Copa America group stage match.

Arturo Vidal, rumored from time-to-time to be joining Sanchez at Arsenal, scored a brace as Chile twice clawed back one goal deficits. The hosts took the lead in the 55th minute through a Vidal penalty only to see Mexican hero Matias Vuoso score his second of the match for the final tally. It really could have been 5-3 as Chile had two questionable offsides calls go against them after the score was evened at three. The group could still go just about any direction with Chile playing Bolivia in the final group stage match with both teams tied atop the group at four points and Mexico on two points playing bottom Ecuador who has yet to register a point.
Jun 16 - 9:25 AM

Alexis Sanchez racked up phantom points aplenty in Arsenal's late 1-0 loss to Swansea which bodes well for the Chilean heading into Arsenal's two-match week.

The Gunners have an extra match in Week 37 making up for the match against Sunderland missed due to the FA Cup. With a trip to Old Trafford the regularly scheduled match, fantasy managers will be forgiven for not getting TOO excited but players like Sanchez will be must-start players as a match with Sunderland would be enough to entice most managers. Anything gained from the United match will be a bonus.
May 14 - 9:08 AM

Alexis Sanchez scored two in the first half as Arsenal beat Hull City comfortably to draw even with Manchester City in second place with a match in hand.

Sanchez's first goal had a touch of luck to it as his free kick deflected off of Michael Dawson's head to wrong-foot Steve Harper. Sanchez watched as Santi Cazorla provided Arsenal's second goal as he fed Aaron Ramsey with a ball from deep that allowed the Welshman to turn neatly and loop a slightly deflected ball over the again-helpless Steve Harper. Sanchez capped off the first half with a smoothly taken goal from an Aaron Ramsey pass. Ramsey put the Chilean in and he rounded Harper to slot it into the open net. Arsenal gave up a Stephen Quinn headed goal in the 56th minute but closed it out for the 3-1 win.
May 4 - 4:51 PM

Alexis Sanchez didn't contribute a goal or an assist but he scored big on phantom points to make it two big weekends in a row.

Last weekend it was a goal and an assist against Liverpool driving Alexis' fantasy points total. Against Burnley, the final product wasn't there but there was plenty just beneath the surface to make fantasy managers happy. The Chilean contributed three shots on target, suffered four fouls, intercepted three passes, won two tackles, and won a corner. A solid day's work if you're not going to score.
Apr 14 - 4:55 PM

Three goals in the final eight minutes of the first half told the story as Arsenal outclassed Liverpool with ease in a 4-1 drubbing.

It was a marquee event with two clubs in fine form but after 37 minutes of feeling each other out, it was the Gunners who opened the floodgates and never looked back. The first goal came when Aaron Ramsey fed Hector Bellerin who made a run into the box. The fullback shook his defender to create space to send a left footed shot past Simon Mignolet. Three minutes later, Mesut Ozil stood behind a free kick after drawing a foul. He too beat Mignolet to his right and scored from the set piece. Ramsey grabbed another assist when a Pool turnover resulted in a quick attack and Ramsey sent a through ball in for Alexis Sanchez who drilled an absolute screamer home, putting the Gunners up 3-0 at the break. They would add a fourth from red hot Olivier Giroud to put the icing on the cake. The only down note was an injury to Laurent Koscielny who appeared to suffer a groin strain.

Alexis Sanchez hasn't been at his best since a late January injury spell but he broke out of his slump in style with a goal and an incisive pass on another in Arsenal's 2-1 win over QPR at Loftus Road.

Sanchez was lively for the entire match and his goal was a just reward for an impressive assault. QPR were competitive in the first half but didn't come out of the dressing room well and saw Arsenal score rapid-fire goals in the 64th and 69th minutes. Things got a little nervous down the stretch as poor defending from Laurent Koscielny and Kieran Gibbs gave Charlie Austin a chance to score that he capitalized on from just outside the box.
Mar 4 - 4:38 PM

Alexis Sanchez was Arsenal's best player for most of the first half but he has failed to regain that form after returning from injury.

Arsenal have been playing well in the Premier League in 2015 despite getting sub-par production from their Chilean talisman. Fantasy managers and supporters alike have to be wondering if Sanchez is still suffering from "running in the red" through the first half or this is just a temporary blip. Coming off World Cup obligations over the summer and a heavy first half workload, it isn't unreasonable to think that Sanchez will fail to live up to his first half production over the season's back stretch. It might be time to cash out with a trade in single ownership formats that are season-long.
Feb 25 - 9:33 PM

Alexis Sanchez returned to the Arsenal starting line-up after picking up a knee injury in the match against Leicester City.

There were questions about whether Sanchez would be fit enough to start given that he suffered swelling in his knee following the 2-1 win over the Foxes in mid-week. That he started and looked like himself will be encouraging for Arsene Wenger as he looks forward to the resumption of the Champions League on Wednesday and the Premier League run-in starting next weekend. Sanchez has been Arsenal's best and most consistent player and losing him for any amount of time would have significantly hampered their ambitions on three fronts (Champions League, FA Cup, and Top Four in the Premier League).
Feb 16 - 10:00 AM

Arsene Wenger has hinted that Alexis Sanchez may be rested for this afternoons’ FA Cup fifth round tie against Middlesborough at the Emirates Stadium.

The Chilean picked up a minor knee injury during the win over Leicester City on Tuesday and is rated as 50-50 but the Arsenal manager also revealed that Sanchez "may not be playing at the same intensity" suggesting fatigue may be a factor in his first Premier League campaign. The Gunners will also check on defender Laurent Koscielny [shoulder] while the home side are expected to make changes. Gabriel Paulista and Krystian Bielik are in line to make their debuts while Jack Wilshere returned to full training this week after almost 3 months out and Serge Gnabry was involved for the under-21s on Monday after struggling for the past 11 months with a knee problem.
Source: BBC Sport
Feb 15 - 9:06 AM

Fantasy football fans and Arsenal supporters can breathe a huge collective sigh of relief as initial reports regarding the knee injury which forced the returning Alexis Sanchez off against Leicester City suggest the problem doesn't look to be anything sinister.

By his own admission Sanchez felt he could continue following a heavy Matthew Upson challenge but given the Chilean’s recent hamstring issue Wenger decided to err on the side of caution and replace his leading scorer midway through the second half. Post-match the Gunners boss was able to confirm Sanchez took a kick to knee and although he will be assessed there is an expectation that the winger will be available next time out. A greater concern however is the loss of Aaron Ramsey to a hamstring injury, the problem is "not good" and could mean an extended period on the sidelines. Fortunately Arsenal are well-stocked in that department with Jack Wilshere back in full training and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain expected to return within two weeks.
Feb 11 - 7:57 AM

Arsene Wenger has announced that Alexis Sanchez has been passed fit for Arsenal's Week 25 match with Leicester City.

The Chilean has missed Arsenal's last two matches with a hamstring injury. Arsene Wenger talked about how difficult it was to keep Sanchez out of the line-up against Spurs and it stands to reason that keeping him out again will be even more difficult. Given the opponent and the venue, it might be wisest to give Sanchez another match off but the bet here is that Wenger bows to the player's wishes and restores him to the starting line-up. It will be very interesting to see who of Ozil, Cazorla, Welbeck or Ramsey makes way for Arsenal's best player.
Feb 9 - 2:18 PM