London, Jan 8 (IANS) Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger on Friday said star striker Alexis Sanchez will not be fit enough to make a comeback against Liverpool in an English Premier League (EPL) encounter next Wednesday.
However, Spanish midfielder Mikel Arteta is available for selection for the next game which is a FA Cup tie against Sunderland.
“Arteta is available and will be selected because he played 45 minutes on Tuesday with the Under-21s. Alexis is a bit short to be in the squad but is not far. Liverpool will come too soon as well. Maybe for Stoke,” Sanchez was quoted as saying by the Guardian.
Wenger said that his team would not part ways with the FA Cup, adding that they would like to win it again.
“We want to win every competition we participate in. The FA Cup is one of them, for us it is an important competition. Confidence is a global thing and you can’t really separate it from one competition to another. You want to feel as well that your team is ready for every single challenge and the FA Cup is one that matters to us,” the Frenchman said.
Wenger also said that defender Mathieu Debuchy will be released later this month on loan.
“He has an opportunity to go, but he has not been in touch with any club,” he said.
He revealed that Mohamed Elneny’s proposed transfer from Basel has taken a back-seat and that they would get to the end of it in the next two or three days.
“We are working hard on it and hopefully in the next two or three days we will get to the end of it,” wenger said.