If reports are correct, Alexis Sanchez is set to start for Arsenal against Cologne in Thursday’s Europa League clash.
The Chilean was dropped to the bench as Arsenal eased passed Bournemouth 3-0 on Saturday, but is expected to be handed a start against the German side.
Sanchez’s proposed move to Manchester City fell through on transfer deadline day and questions over the 28 year-old’s desire to play for Arsenal have been raised.
Arsene Wenger insists that his talisman will return to his best form, but rumours of a start against Cologne suggest the forward will not be deployed from the outset against Chelsea.
It’s a critical game against Antonio Conte’s side. Arsenal were embarrassed 4-0 by Liverpool last month and will be desperate to bounce back against one of their rivals.
However, Sanchez’s involvement in tomorrows match has left Arsenal fans wondering whether he will be dropped again at Stamford Bridge…
Sanchez starting tomorrow either means he's getting him ready for Chelsea or he's being dropped again
— Jimmy🤙🏾 (@jummalM98) September 13, 2017
How do we fuse Ozil, Lacazette, Sanchez and Welbeck together vs Chelsea?
By dropping Sanchez. Thanks
— BrainySteppo (@BrainySteppo) September 13, 2017
The key to getting Sanchez ready to smash Chelsea is by starting him on Thursday..mungu saidia
— Kolasinac (@bryoshavin) September 13, 2017
If I were Wenger I will start same team that won BOU against Chelsea…Sanchez need time to get back form https://t.co/qefZhFRIME
— Samuel Leven (@LevenS5) September 13, 2017
Sanchez would be involved tomorrow. Does this mean he won't start at Chelsea?
— 9jagooners (@9jaGooners) September 13, 2017