Alexis Sanchez has declared himself fit for Arsenal’s showdown against Manchester City on Monday.

A hamstring injury had ruled out the Chile international for the past couple of weeks but with City welcoming back Sergio Aguero, Arsenal have been handed a boost of their own.

Sanchez returned to London this week and resumed training with the first team on Wednesday after being treated in his homeland by the medical team of the Chile national team.

Speaking ahead of the Manchester City clash, Arsene Wenger revealed that Arsenal’s top scorer from last season is now in contention to be included in his 18-man squad for Monday.

“Maybe, there is a slight chance for Alexis to be in the squad again but it is too early to be sure about it,” Wenger said.

“He is running but not participating in full training. I believe it is normal that he wants to play. You want him to be keen to play. He respects all the decisions I make and that is what I want from him.”

Wenger was asked whether he trusted his players when they said they were fit to play. “Not all of them,” he replied, with a smile. “I don’t mean this in a negative way. Some of them are so keen to forget that they have pain somewhere that they say they are all right, when they are not.

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