Former Liverpool attacker Stan Collymore has predicted that his old club will pile further misery on Arsenal when the two sides meet at Anfield on Sunday. Now he wasn't even in the team amid reports of a training-ground dispute.
"Origi wasn't in the squad - that shows how big the quality here is", he said.
Not just Sanchez, but centre-back Laurent Koscielny too is set to feature at Anfield and with the return of the duo, Arsenal have a fighting chance. Sanchez played one season under Guardiola at Barcelona, with the pair winning one Copa del Rey together at the Nou Camp.
It appears Wenger is sticking to his word. "But I always focus on the team".
"Alexis wants to play", Wenger said.
Danny Higginbotham believes Arsene Wenger has a decision to make as to whether he puts resources into the Europa League, or concentrates exclusively on the Premier League. Under Klopp, Liverpool have tended to be quick starters, to both games and seasons. Adam Lallana, on the other hand, is out with a thigh injury.
Nathaniel Clyne is still injured after missing the entirety of Liverpool's pre-season preparations and there is yet to be an indication of when he will be returning to training.
Yet with Sanchez, there has been no public bitterness.
Liverpool's brilliant attacking play caused Arsenal lots of problems last season, and the addition of Salah will only add more pressure.
But he's been quiet since then, and Wenger has had to answer questions about Sanchez's future at every news conference since.
With Koscielny back, he should be able to field a back three with the right players in there, meaning he can finally deploy Sead Kolasinac on the left. "I will have to make that decision [whether he starts] He looks in good shape, he has worked very hard". Reality is, it won't be a world-class player Liverpool can get at this eleventh hour.
There is an average of 4.4 goals per game between these two sides over the last 5 games.
The manager finished his presser with one final word for current Premier League leaders Manchester United.
Sanchez has missed the start of the season due to injury and illness, but the Chile worldwide is expected to make his first appearance on Sunday.
Wing-back seemed to offer him the ideal position at the end of last season. Still, it has beaten Bournemouth and Burnley already.
Spurs are playing at Wembley while a new 61,000-seat stadium is being rebuilt on the site of its long-time home at White Hart Lane.