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Embattled Arsenal Manager, Arsene Wenger on Saturday recorded two major setbacks on his quest to finish in the top four as his side lost 3 – 1 away at West Brom with star man, Alexis Sanchez picking up an ankle injury.

Wenger confirmed the injury after the match, stating that the ankle which is in a ‘terrible state’ can keep him out of Chile’s World Cup qualifiers this week.

The Arsenal manager reported that Sanchez’s ankle was in “an absolutely terrible state” after he was taken off near the end of the 3-1 defeat but he is still unsure of the extent of the injury to his key attacker.

“He was injured from the tackle (from James McClean) in the first half. It was a bad tackle,” Wenger said.

“His ankle is in an absolutely terrible state. He should not have played in the second half but he insisted that he wanted to come out.

“In the end we had to take him off. He should not even have played in the second half.”

Asked if he would miss Chile’s two World Cup matches against Argentina on Thursday and Venezuela the following Tuesday, he said: “Chile goes to Argentina for a massive game but it’s only next week and if it’s only a kick, he will play.

“If the ligament is damaged, he will not play,” Wenger added.

Author: Yemi Olarinre