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Arsenal's Alexis Sanchez's injury adds to Arsene Wenger's frustration

Norwich 1-1 Arsenal

By Mark Bryans

Arsene Wenger fears Alexis Sanchez is playing down a hamstring injury that he suffered in Arsenal's draw at Norwich.

The Chile international was forced off during the second-half of the 1-1 at Carrow Road as the Gunners missed the opportunity to join Manchester City and Leicester at the top of the Barclays Premier League table. Sanchez laid on the opening goal for Mesut Ozil before recalled Lewis Grabban levelled for Norwich, who then created the better chances after the visitors had lost their talisman to a hamstring injury.

Having already seen Laurent Koscielny forced off with a hip complaint and Santi Cazorla finish the game "on one leg" after taking a knock to his knee, losing Sanchez for any length of time will be seen as a big blow.

The 26-year-old has scored nine goals this season and, although Wenger revealed on Thursday the former Barcelona man had felt his hamstring after netting a brace the 3-0 win over Dinamo Zagreb, he felt he was fit enough to start.

"The players are there to play football and not to be rested and not for the press to decide if they need to be rested," Wenger said. "He says it is a kick on his hamstring, I believe that is not really the reality."

The Frenchman also cited a lack of options in attacking areas as a reason for why Sanchez was selected and, after praising him for being aware of how far he can push himself in the build up to the game, was happy to trust his players' own opinion.

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