Arsenal star Alexis Sanchez is a doubt for Community Shield clash against Chelsea: the Chile international had a prolonged break after featuring the Confederations Cup in June, that was even longer for an illness.
The Gunners forward is lacking in match fitness and could not be featuring in next Sunday’s derby.
Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois as a lot of respect for the Chilean player and hopes he doesn’t have to stop him during the game:
“Alexis is a guy with a lot of quality.
“If you see all the games from last season there is a lot of danger coming from him. He has a very strong shot, he is quick. He has the technique.
“He is important for them but Arsenal have a lot of players with quality. So they will miss him but I think they have a lot of players with that quality to replace him.
“I think they have bought a good new striker [Alexandre Lacazette].
“I’d prefer if he [Sanchez] doesn’t play because he is a good player! But we cannot only look to him.
“For example in the FA Cup Final [Arsenal beat Chelsea 2-1 last May] they missed some defenders and everybody thought they would be bad but Per Mertesacker played a great game that day.
“So you cannot look to the team as one player or another player. It will be a difficult game regardless but I hope for the same outcome as the friendly last week.”