By Adebayo Williams
Arsenal will hand striker Alexis Sanchez a winter break to avoid a burnout, Daily Mail reports. The Chilean has made 16 appearances for the Gunners so far this season, the most of any player in the Arsenal squad. And Wenger wants to avoid any potential of Sanchez burning out and is keen to give his star forward some extra time off in the next few weeks.
Arsenal can secure top spot in their Champions League group with victory against Paris Saint Germain on Wednesday, meaning Sanchez could be afforded some down time ahead of their final pool fixture against Basel on December 6.
The week ahead of Arsenal’s FA Cup third-round fixture on the weekend starting January 7 is also an option open to Wenger as he looks to preserve Sanchez’s legs.
Sanchez handed Arsenal a huge injury scare during the previous international break after he sustained a minor hamstring injury during a training session with Chile. Similarly, he has not had a full summer off since 2013, something the club are fully aware of.
The former Barcelona man will be vital to Arsenal’s hunt for trophies during the final months of the season and Wenger wants his attacker – Arsenal’s top scorer – to be firing on all cylinders for the business end of the season.