Arsene Wenger is confident Alexis Sanchez’s “commitment to the club” will mean he is fit for Saturday’s FA Cup final.
Sanchez, who has not missed a game through injury this season, picked up a knock and was substituted on 68 minutes in Sunday’s 3-1 home win over Everton and replaced by Alex Iwobi.
Wenger though is hopeful the Chilean will be fit, but Gabriel will miss out after injuring his medial knee ligament at the weekend, which will sideline him for two months.
“Gabriel is out for 6-8 weeks. We had a scare about his cruciate but it’s medial. He avoids surgery, ” said Wenger.
“Alexis Sanchez is OK, Oxlade-Chamberlain is in contention for final. Mustafi is still sick and hasn’t trained yet.”
“He (Sanchez) needs to go through some tests at the moment. We’ll see how well he comes out of that.
“Knowing the player, knowing his commitment to the club, he’ll do everything to be fit for Saturday.”
Asked if he was thinking about being the underdogs against Chelsea at Wembley, Wenger admitted it was not in his thinking.
“Not much because the pressure was high, especially against Hull, because we had not won the FA Cup for a while.
“We are not favourites, it is quite even, Chelsea are maybe ahead but it is similar to the semi-final against Manchester City.
“The team has given so much and they really want to win something this season, ” added Wenger, whose men are 7/2 to win the game in 90 minutes.