Arsenal’s worst fears became a reality this afternoon as Alexis Sanchez appeared to pull his hamstring during the 1-1 draw with Norwich City to add to Arsene Wenger’s never-ending injury woes.
The Chilean limped off after an hour at Carrow Road, having appeared to aggravate a niggling muscle strain that Wenger and the club have been aware of for some time, according to the Daily Mail.
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Wenger will now rue his reluctance to rest the 26-year-old, who played 90 minutes in the 3-0 midweek win over Dinamo Zagreb and has not been given an extended rest since the end of last season.
While Aaron Ramsey and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain featured after recent knocks, Laurent Koscielny was another casualty of a disappointing result as he landed awkwardly on his hip inside 10 minutes.
Koscielny, Sanchez and Francis Coquelin, who has been ruled out for three months as BBC Sport reports, may all now be sidelined for the busy festive period, leaving the Gunners without much of their spine.
The Londoners would have gone into December level on points with Manchester City and Leicester City at the top of the Premier League had they held onto the 17th-minute lead given to them by Mesut Ozil.
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Sanchez supplied the German World Cup winner with a delightful second goal of the season, but Lewis Grabban’s first-top flight goal earned the Canaries a point which takes them three clear of trouble.
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