A day after appearing to rule Alexis Sanchez out of Saturday's north London derby against Tottenham, Arsene Wenger has today hinted that the Chilean could feature in the north London derby at White Hart Lane after all.
Sanchez is currently struggling with a hamstring injury.
"He wants to play, of course, he's very keen, he feels he can defy the medical people because he is so keen to play that he thinks he can get over strains," manager Arsene Wenger said.
"I don't know yet, I need medical advice on that, and I need as well to see what he can do in training."
Arsenal's injury list
Arsenal's injury list
1/5 Mikel Arteta (midfield)
Like Diaby, the Spaniard is closing in on a return but the Swansea match will come to soon. The club captain last played in November.
2/5 Mathieu Debuchy (defender)
Returned in the FA Cup semi-final win over Reading but has since been ruled out with injury and Wenger confirmed he remains 'unavailable'.
3/5 Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (midfield)
Suffered a hamstring injury against Manchester United in the FA Cup and hasn't played since as it has exacerbated a groin problem. Out at least until May and facing surgery in the summer.
4/5 Aaron Ramsey (midfield)
Aaron Ramsey caught a kick on his calf during the win over Hull and was later substituted. The Welshman was rated 50/50 for the Swansea match by Wenger, but it now appears that he is a major doubt for the clash at the Emirates.
5/5 Danny Welbeck (forward)
Danny Welbeck has not played since the goalless draw with Chelsea towards the end of April after suffering a knee injury. Wenger has confirmed that the injury is 'nothing major', and that he should return to full fitness before the end of the season.
While Sanchez only has a slim chance of playing, Danny Welbeck is back in the squad for the game having not played so far in in 2015 because of a thigh injury. The England striker is unlikely to start as he last played when scoring in the win at Upton Park on 28 December.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is another who has been ruled out of the match, though he too is back in light training.
Jack Wilshere, Abou Diaby, Mathieu Debuchy, Serge Gnabry and Mikel Arteta are long-term concerns and will definitely miss the game. Wilshere, however, is back in training next week, said Wenger
Arsenal fans should not be too concerned with the Gunners losing just one of their last 11, with five wins in a row.
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