Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has admitted that he was tempted to rest his side’s £35 million goalscoring ace Alexis Sanchez in the clash with Hull City.
However, he then told the press that the Chilean international was keen to play in the game, and therefore he had no fears about playing him.
Sanchez has played an incredible amount of football since moving to the Emirates Stadium from Barcelona in the summer.
He has started in an exceptional 28 of Arsenal’s 31 matches this season, and also made a substitute appearance against rivals Tottenham Hotspur in October.
His last rest came against Galatasaray in the Champions League, and since then he has played nearly every minute of football that Arsenal have had.
However, the 26 year old has proven himself to be up to the task, with Arsenal’s fitness tests showing that he is capable of playing that much football.
Wenger was tempted to rest him, but decided against it, and was rewarded in the goal he scored against Hull in a repeat of last year’s final.
“He always wants to play and that is what you want to see,” Wenger said.
“You look at the players who have that confidence and you are torn between when a player is that confident to keep him on playing or give him a rest.
“But when the players are confident it is important to keep them going, especially when they have that physical potential.
“Sanchez recovers very quickly and he doesn’t look in our tests to have any fatigue problem.”