Alexis Sanchez return delayed till January 10

Arsene Wenger has confirmed that Alexis Sanchez will miss out on premier league festive fixtures as he is ruled out till january 10.

Sanchez suffered an injury setback in his hamstring injury recovery, he was due to return to the bench during Arsenal’s 2-1 victory over Manchester City.

Alexis Sanchez will not be available for selection in the festive games due to setback in injury he suffered against Norwich City last month.

Sanchez was set to return to Arsenal bench as substitute for Monday night Premier League win over Manchester City at home.

Arsene Wenger confirmed this during a post match interview after the 2-1 victory, which kept Arsenal 2 points below league leaders Leicester City, he said that the Chilean was forced to withdraw from the weekend plans

“Sanchez will be back around Jan 10, but don’t count on him for the Christmas period,” Wenger said. “He has had a slight setback, very slight.

“He was keen to play tonight, but we didn’t want to risk him. The problem happened two days ago in training, so it was not worth the risk.”

Meanwhile Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil got over a sickness to mastermind Arsenal’s home victory against Manchester City.

The former Real Madrid man bagged the assists for both goals and the manager Arsene Wenger admitted that he played a key role in the game.

“At the end of the day, you need one guy who gives the ball to the others to score,” Wenger said. “In our team, Ozil is usually the spirit, he sees the guy making the run.

“Ozil is much more mature and much more keen to take responsibility this season. He has developed his physical attributes and his desire to win. He plays to win the game.

“This kind of talent is exceptional and he can help us win every game.

“He had a chest infection and was in bed, so only had one training session yesterday (Sunday).

“He could not prepare well physically and I was cautious, but we had lost three players, so he had to play”.