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Jack Wilshere trains hard while team-mate Alexis Sanchez does likewise 

Jack Wilshere appeared to be well over his latest injury setback as he put on an energetic performance during Arsenal training on Friday.

The Gunners midfielder fractured his left fibula in April while on loan at Bournemouth, but recently returned to full training.

He didn’t seem at all phased by his leg as he threw himself into multiple slide tackles and ran at full pelt during sprint drills.

Wilshere was also on set-piece duty during the session at London Colney. 

The 25-year-old has been the subject of persistent transfer talk this summer, but Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger recently claimed that he plans to keep him.

Wenger said: ‘I plan for him to be here for the season, after we will see.’

Arsenal play Stoke City away on Saturday – traditionally one of their toughest fixtures.

The Gunners won 4-1 at Stoke last season, but had gone six trips without a victory prior to that.

Alexis Sanchez, who scored in Arsenal’s convincing triumph at the bet365 Stadium last season, also trained on Friday, but is likely to be rested this weekend.

The Chilean international could make his first appearance of the season this weekend, having missed Arsenal’s 4-3 win over Leicester.

Wenger claimed earlier this week that it was unlikely that Sanchez would play due to an abdominal injury.

He said: ‘His recovery is going well. It is a muscular strain so you have to be careful.’

But there is now hope that Sanchez could at least make a cameo against the Potters.

Sanchez’s impressive training performance may have given Wenger a selection headache, but one man guaranteed to start is summer signing Alexandre Lacazette.

The France international marked his Premier League debut with a headed goal against Leicester on the opening day.


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