August 24, 2017 08:20 GMT by dailymail.co.uk

Arsenal star Alexis Sanchez available to face Liverpool

Arsenal star Alexis Sanchez available to face Liverpool

Arsene Wenger has confirmed that Alexis Sanchez will return to the Arsenal squad to face Liverpool in the Premier League on Sunday following a recovery from a muscle injury.

Arsene Wenger has confirmed that Alexis Sanchez will return to the Arsenal squad to face Liverpool at Anfield in the Premier League on Sunday.

Sanchez has missed the opening two games of the season as he builds up his fitness since picking up a muscle injury on his return from his summer holidays following the Confederations Cup. 

But having been without their 28-year-old talisman, Wenger has revealed that Sanchez will travel with the squad to Merseyside.

Arsene Wenger has confirmed he will be able to pick Alexis Sanchez at Liverpool on Sunday

Arsene Wenger has confirmed he will be able to pick Alexis Sanchez at Liverpool on Sunday

Sanchez has recovered from a muscle injury and will be part of the Arsenal squad this weekend

Sanchez has recovered from a muscle injury and will be part of the Arsenal squad this weekend

The Frenchman said at his pre-match press conference: 'The early team news is that [Laurent] Koscielny is back for selection and Sanchez has worked very hard to be back again and he is available as well. 

'He is working hard, is focused and is giving everything. It's always difficult to stop him. He looks ready, he's not played for a long time. I have to decide what to do with him, but he's ready to play.

'We have to make that decision [on whether to start Sanchez].  It's Thursday today, that match is on Sunday. He's worked very hard and he looks in good shape.'

While Sanchez's return will undoubtedly boost the North London club, the subject of his future was again raised with the Chilean's contract expiring at the end of the season.

Wenger will make a call on whether to throw Sanchez in from the start against Liverpool

Wenger will make a call on whether to throw Sanchez in from the start against Liverpool

The 28-year-old has been working hard to reach full fitness after returning late to pre-season

The 28-year-old has been working hard to reach full fitness after returning late to pre-season

But Wenger has played down the current predicament, believing the ongoing uncertainty is not a distraction.

'He's not too much disturbed by the noises. Players of his level are used to it now. I'm sure he's not too bothered by that. He's always focused, very happy. 

'Just because he goes into the last year of his contract doesn't mean we don't have the chance to extend it. We don't like to look at the individual contracts of everybody.' 

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