Alexis Sanchez will be given a mid-season break to stop the Arsenal forward from suffering burnout. Gunners boss Arsene Wenger plans to take Sanchez out of the firing line in the next few weeks to help the Chilean recharge his batteries.
Wenger, already hit by a crippling injury list, fears that returning early after the Copa America in the summer will catch up with Sanchez before the end of the campaign.
Sanchez did not have a proper summer holiday or rest and Wenger is concerned one of his most important players could be vulnerable to injury. Arsenal have made a strong start to the campaign despite a host of injuries but Wenger is hoping for some good news for Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.
The England midfielder is expected to be fit to play at West Brom straight after the international break while Hector Bellerin could also return after a groin problem. Aaron Ramsey and Theo Walcott are facing lengthier spells on the sidelines after muscle injuries which is something Wenger wants to prevent with Sanchez.
Meanwhile, Mesut Ozil wants more goals to go with all of his assists. Arsenal playmaker Ozil has lit up the Premier League so far this season with his pinpoint passing and dead-ball deliveries, establishing himself as the top-flight’s most creative player.
He became the first player to set up goals in six consecutive league games when he teed up Kieran Gibbs’s equaliser in Sunday’s 1-1 North London derby draw against Tottenham.
But Ozil has scored just twice in 16 Arsenal appearances games and is determined to better his tallies of seven and five from his first two seasons in England.
Ozil said: “Every player wants to score goals. I’m intending to score more this season than in previous years. “It’s most important for us to perform well and to be successful – I’m looking forward to giving assists or scoring goals.“My aim is to score more goals this season than in the last two. I think I’m on a good path and will achieve that.“After training there are a few shooting drills that can help with self-belief. In general, when you look at my chances in front of goal, I’ve taken them well.”