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Sanchez returns as Arsenal aim to bounce
2015-02-09 18:23
London - Chile striker Alexis Sanchez will be
back in the Arsenal squad for Tuesday's
Premier League game against bottom club
Leicester City as Arsene Wenger's team look
to bounce back immediately from their
derby defeat by Tottenham Hotspur.
Sanchez, who has scored 18 goals in all
competitions this season, missed the 2-1
loss at White Hart Lane on Saturday and the
previous week's 5-0 win over Aston Villa
due to a hamstring injury.
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"Sanchez will be back in the group," Wenger
told reporters on Monday. "He is our best
goalscorer and one of our hardest working
players in the team. It's good to have him
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, however, will be
out for another two weeks and Wenger
had no date for the return of Jack Wilshere,
who was photographed last week holding
a shisha pipe in a London nightclub.
Leicester, who have not won at Arsenal
since 1973, have lost on their last seven
league visits to the red half of north
London, and will be looking for the kind of
upset they inflicted on Spurs when they
visited them two weeks ago.
Leicester beat Spurs 2-1 in the FA Cup with
two late goals at White Hart Lane and will
need that kind of resilience against an
Arsenal side who had won five successive
matches in all competitions before the loss
at Tottenham.
"We had a very strong run before Saturday
so we just want to continue that. We need
to respond strongly," Wenger said.
"We have to deal with our performances.
The criticism is always there. You focus on
how your team in a position to respond
well and quickly. This is a very important
Arsenal slipped back to sixth after Saturday,
one place and one point behind Spurs,
while Leicester are bottom and four points
from safety.
Leicester will have manager Nigel Pearson
in charge after the Foxes issued a
statement on Sunday that reports he had
been sacked were "inaccurate and without
Pearson became involved in a touchline
squabble with Crystal Palace midfielder
James McArthur during Saturday's 1-0
home defeat after the player accidentally
crashed into the Leicester manager.

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