Wenger: Blame me for Alexis injury

The Chile international suffered a hamstring injury in the draw with Norwich City last weekend
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says he has no problem if critics want to blame him for Alexis Sanchez's hamstring injury.

The Chile star was subsituted in the second half of the Gunners' 1-1 draw with Norwich City on Sunday after picking up the problem, just weeks after his manager had admitted he was ready for a rest.

Sanchez's length of absence is yet unknown, though Goal understands that he will miss a month of action - and Wenger says he is happy to take the blame after growing tired of defending himself over his side's injury woes.

"If you want to blame me for injuries I have no problem with it," he told reporters when asked about Alexis.

“Sanchez had four weeks holiday, he was rested in some games. We had five days between Dinamo [Zagreb] and Norwich.

"I spoke with him before the game and he was adamant that he could play. I never force anyone to play.

“No one said he could displace his hamstring or back when he was shoved into the cameras [by Ryan Bennett].

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“If you want to blame me with the injuries, I have no problem with it.

Sanchez joins a lengthy list of Arsenal players on the sidelines, with Santi Cazorla expected to miss three months with a knee ligament injury.

Jack Wilshere, Danny Welbeck and Mikel Arteta remain out, though Laurent Koscielny and Theo Walcott could be fit for Saturday's clash with Sunderland.

The north London club's injury record has come under the microscope in recent weeks, but Wenger is adamant his squad don't have a unique problem.

"It's a debate that I leave to specialists," he added. "We compare our injuries across Europe and I don’t think we have more injuries than anyone else."

Wenger also dismissed reports he was interested in signing Everton centre-back John Stones in the January transfer window, saying the club "were not after" the 21-year-old.