Date: 15th May 2017 at 11:45am
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Arsene Wenger has said it ‘didn’t look good’ for Alexis Sanchez – replaced minutes after scoring in the win over Stoke on Saturday – as far as involvement in Arsenal’s game with Sunderland on Wednesday is concerned.

His availability is one of a number of concerns for Wenger as Arsenal look to win the game in hand, closing to within a point of Liverpool, fourth, as the race for a top-four finish could go down to the wire.

A recurrence of his calf injury means Laurent Koscielny will probably miss bottom-of-the-league Sunderland’s visit to the Emirates Stadium and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain – hamstring – will also sit out.

Wenger, quoted by Sky Sports, did say Kieran goods should return.

He said: ‘We have a little bit of a problem with Koscielny but we should have everyone available. Kieran Gibbs should be available but Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is out.’

As for Alexis, he’ll undergo a fitness test today but, as always, Wenger said the forward was ‘so eager’ to be involved.

‘Alexis should have a test today. It didn’t look good but with him he is always so eager.’

On Alexis’ role in the side, the Chilean has operated in a central role this season, Wenger went on to say he had become a ‘complete player’ and praised his 26 goals in 48 games, so far.

Adding: ‘He plays now in a position where he can provide now and he can score. He has become a complete player. Of course it is an exceptional achievement, to score in double figures and provide in double figures.’

Alexis, 28, took a kick to the thigh shortly after he scored in Arsenal’s 4-1 win at the Bet365 Stadium on Saturday evening – with all due respect to Sunderland this isn’t a game in which Wenger needs to take any risks on the forward or others.

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