Arsene Wenger has paid Alexis Sanchez the ultimate tribute by comparing him to The Gunners legend Ian Wright.

Fit-again top-scorer Sanchez is back in the Gunners' squad for the home game against Leicester on Tuesday, giving the club a huge boost after the weekend's North London derby defeat at Tottenham.

Wenger believes Sanchez can lift the whole mood as he claimed the 18-goal Chilean forward's infectious enthusiasm reminds him of one of the Arsenal greats.

The Gunners' boss said: "He reminds me of Ian Wright. He is a bit like Ian Wright. The enthusiasm of Ian Wright. He has that.

"He is more with the Spanish players, of course, but he is loved by everybody. He is very friendly and bubbly every day.

"He is quieter than Ian Wright - but that is not difficult. And he doesn't get booked!"

Sanchez missed the last two games with a hamstring injury and Wenger admitted the Chilean was desperate to play despite it - but could not be risked for fear he could make the problem worse and miss the rest of the season.

"For us, it is important that he has no set back as once you go into February, if you have a muscular injury and a guy has a setback, you say 'bye bye', as the season is over as it is six weeks out," said Wenger.

"By the time you come back to your full level is April and that is why we didn't take the gamble. If it had been the last game of the season, he would have played.

"He has had a bit of a winter break now - that he didn't really want! But he got one and I think he will now be recovered and fit until the end of the season."



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