Wenger: Injury break was good for Alexis

The Gunners forward scored the winner in Saturday’s 2-1 win over Burnley on his first start since suffering a hamstring injury in November

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has suggested that the side could benefit from the hamstring injury that ruled Alexis Sanchez out for two months.

Alexis scored the winning goal in Saturday’s 2-1 win over Burnley in the FA Cup fourth round on his first start since he was forced off against Norwich at the end of November. 

The Chilean, 27, had been described by Wenger as “exhausted” prior to his injury and the Gunners boss was pleased with his energy levels against Burnley.

“He has had a long rest now,” Wenger said. “It’s true that when he got injured you could see signs of fatigue and I think two months’ rest is a good winter break.

“I wasn’t too worried on the fitness front. He came through well and you could see that.”