Tired? Cursed?! Wenger: Alexis has text me to say he's okay!

The Gunners boss has revealed the attacker has been in touch to confirm his fitness ahead of the weekend, while Laurent Koscielny could return on Saturday

After Peru fans attempted to curse Alexis Sanchez ahead of their clash with Chile, Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has reassured supporters that their star man is ready for action this weekend.

The bizarre ritual had no effect as Sanchez scored twice and set up a third to help Chile to a 4-3 win in their second World Cup 2018 qualifier.

Arsenal face Watford on Saturday and though the forward is yet to return to the Emirates, Wenger says the former Barcelona man should feature.

"From the internationals we only have positive news," he told the club's official website.

"We are still waiting for [Joel] Campbell, Alexis and [David] Ospina to return, but they all texted back to say they are OK, so we just have to see if they were objective in their assessment."

Wenger also revealed Laurent Koscielny could make his comeback on Saturday, while Mikel Arteta and Mathieu Flamini are also nearing a return to fitness.

"Koscielny has a slight chance to be back on Saturday. He has a definite test tomorrow," the Arsenal boss added.

"Arteta and Flamini are back in full training. We need to see how they are and how confident they are, but we can’t rule it out."