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Arsene Wenger: Injury update on Alexis Sanchez, Santi Cazorla, Mikel Arteta and Tomas Rosicky


Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says attacking midfielder Alexis Sanchez is not yet ready to make his return in the starting line-up.

The Chilean suffered a hamstring injury in November and has been ruled out since then.

Midfielder Mikel Arteta is back in the squad and could start today's game against Sunderland in the FA Cup.

"The team news is that, from last week, we have no big injuries," Wenger explained.

"The squad will be similar to the squad who played the last game against Newcastle. Will a young player or two start? I haven't decided yet.

"The bad news of the week is that Alexis [Sanchez] is not quite ready. It is a precaution because of his hamstring, and it takes a few more days. He's not bad but he's not ready.

"Nothing's changed [from the original timescale] with Santi [Cazorla]. It could be a bit shorter with him because he's often quicker [to recover] than you expect him to be. Cazorla and Coquelin are doing well.

"Tomas Rosicky is not far, he's back in full training next week, so should be available soon. Mikel [Arteta] is available.

"[Resting players?] The thinking is to give absolutely everything to qualify.

"We are the holders of the cup and I know as well by experience that it is very important that you get in the competition and that you have a successful third round. It's a tricky one, always, the third round."

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