Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has expressed his concerns about the fitness of Alexis Sanchez and Aaron Ramsey after both players came off injured during Tuesday night’s 2-1 win over Leicester City.
The Gunners’ Chilean goal poacher, Sanchez had only returned from a two-week hamstring injury break, but had to be replaced in the 68th minute after taking a knock to his knee in the first half.
Welsh midfielder Ramsey, who came on for goal-scorer Theo Walcott in the second half, lasted only nine minutes before going off with what Wenger suspected was a recurrence of his previous hamstring injury.
“Sanchez got a knock on his knee,” Wenger said. “From the moment he got this knock, he was never really comfortable. I don’t know for how long he will be out and whether he will be out or not. I haven’t seen the doctor.”
On Ramsey, Wenger opined: “It looks like it (a recurrence of a hamstring injury). I don’t know how bad it is yet.
“Just visually, it didn’t look good – when a guy stops straight away and sits down, that’s not good news. There’s a recurrence now of a few muscular injuries and it’s difficult – we haven’t found out why.”
The French boss claimed he had opted to replace Sanchez at the break but the club leading goal-scorer with 12 strikes wanted to play on.
Despite their injury worries in the second half, Arsenal fended off a late surge by the Foxes and held on to a vital victory which saw them displace Manchester United in the fourth and final Uefa Champions League qualification slot.