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Wenger will trust Alexis’s ‘honesty’ about fitness

He’d bench himself for the greater good, right? Tell me I’m right.

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Arsene Wenger says he will have no choice but to rely on Alexis Sanchez to be upfront about how he’s feeling ahead of a key fixture against Manchester United, according to The Guardian.

The Chilean forward sustained a hamstring injury in training while on international duty, sitting out his country’s game against Colombia. But that didn’t stop the team’s medical staff from clearing him to play against Uruguay, a game in which he started and scored twice.

“What I will consider is the risk of injury because he played while recovering from a hamstring injury,” Wenger said. “I’ll consider the way he feels as well. On that front you depend on the honesty of the player, how they feel and how they recover.”

The boss confirmed that Alexis was in touch after the Uruguay game and said he was in “good shape.” That said, the forward’s injury history and Wenger’s own hesitance suggest he’s most likely to play a role off the bench, with Olivier Giroud starting.

Wenger also confirmed that Hector Bellerin will be out for four weeks, creating a bit of a situation at right back for a tough run of games. Mathieu Debuchy is also sidelined with a calf injury, and even if he wasn’t might not be an ideal option since he’s probably spent the last year throwing darts at a picture of Wenger on the back of his bedroom door.

That leaves Carl Jenkinson, whose last trip to Old Trafford ended with a sending off in The Game That Must Not Be Named. Excuse me while I go knock on all the wood.