Arsenal fans wait nervously to see if Alexis Sanchez is risked by Chile this week in his country’s crucial World Cup Qualifier against Uruguay. The striker has been in superb form for the Gunners in his new central role and his goals and all round contribution have helped his club stay undefeated since the season’s opening day.
His club manager has reportedly urged Chile’s management to be sensible and act responsibly with his prize asset. No doubt he has done this knowing that the player himself will not be so pragmatic and will play through pain and risk worsening the damage in his injured hamstring, to help his nation. Some Arsenal fans might consider his plea to show double standards when he himself seemingly played his talisman this time last year when Alexis had a similar sore muscle. That time the player did breakdown and his loss from the team for months obviously damaged Arsenal’s Premier League title push.
Can Arsenal cope without the Chilean maestro if the worse comes to the worst? They have Giroud, last season’s top scorer back and in form but it would mean a change in system from one that has been working so well for Wenger. This subject is one of 3 debated on this week’s Betway ‘Blow the Whistle’. In essence the question they are asking is whether the Gunners can sustain a title challenge without Alexis for a prolonged period? All you have to do to win a free £10 bet is leave your own comment about who won the debate.
Betway have Arsenal as fourth favourites for the title ahead of Spurs who they failed to beat with Alexis and Man United who they face next in the Premier League probably without him. I think that Chelsea’s resurgence after Arsenal thrashed them can show how swiftly things can change with Conte’s team now showing shorter odds than the team that swept them aside. Can The Gunners beat United at Old Trafford without their Star Striker, and at the same break the competitive Hoodoo Mourinho has over Wenger? If they can on the 19th November it would go a long way to answering the question, calming Arsenal fans nerves and the Premier League tile odds might change again.
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