Arsenal forward Sanchez pushing for North London derby place

Arsene Wenger has revealed that Alexis Sanchez is doing everything he can in an attempt to be fit to play for Arsenal against Tottenham Hotspur in Saturday’s North London derby, ESPN has reported.

Sanchez was initially declared unavailable for the contest, having missed the Gunners’ 5-0 win over Aston Villa last weekend with a hamstring injury. It was originally expected that the Chile international would miss the game against Spurs at White Hart Lane as well but Wenger told a Press conference that Sanchez’s stubborn nature and will to win means he wants to play.

“It is not easy to tell him he is not playing,” Wenger said. “He wants to play. He is very keen. He feels he can even defy the medical people because he is so keen to play,” the manager continued. “He will train today and we will look at what happens. I need medical advice on that and I need to see what he can do in training. Sanchez for me is out although he wants to have a go, but he is too short,” Wenger added.

Sanchez moved to the Emirates Stadium from Barcelona in the summer of 2014, having helped Chile to the latter stages of the Brazil World Cup. The 26-year-old spent three years in La Liga, and started his career in his homeland with Cobreola. Sanchez has also represented Chilean outfit Colo Colo, Argentine giants River Plate and Udinese, in Italy’s Serie A.

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