Arsene Wenger has admitted that Alexis Sanchez’s ankle is in an “absolutely terrible state” after he came off during Arsenal’s hugely disappointing 3-1 loss to West Brom on Saturday afternoon, as per to the BBC.
Wenger, who is under increasing pressure after their latest setback, told reporters that the pivotal Chilean forward, who scored Arsenal’s equaliser against West Brom, could have ligament damage in his ankle.
Sanchez is set to go away with Chile on international duty this week, but Wenger says that his availability is now in doubt:
If it’s only a kick, he will play. If the ligament is damaged, he will not play.
After the international break, Arsenal are set to play in a huge top six clash with Manchester City, and without their star man, they could well be waving goodbye to that coveted Champions League spot.
Arsenal are now five points behind fourth-place Liverpool, although they do have a game in hand, but alongside Sanchez, the Gunners also lost goalkeeper Petr Cech to a calf injury in the second-half of the game against West Brom.
With his goal against the Baggies, Sanchez took his Premier League goal tally to 18 for the season, and he has now contributed a league-high 27 Premier League goals (18 goals and nine assists).