Football: Sanchez ruled out but Welbeck available for Spurs-Arsenal derby

Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez taking a free kick against Brighton during their FA Cup fourth round football match at the American Express Community Stadium in Brighton on Jan 25, 2015. -- PHOTO: EPA
Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez taking a free kick against Brighton during their FA Cup fourth round football match at the American Express Community Stadium in Brighton on Jan 25, 2015. -- PHOTO: EPA

LONDON (Reuters) - Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez will miss their trip to Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League on Saturday but manager Arsene Wenger can call on the returning Danny Welbeck for the north London derby.

Top goalscorer Sanchez, who has struck 18 in all competitions since his arrival from Barcelona in the close season, is continuing his recovery from a hamstring problem.

The 26-year-old Chilean missed Arsenal's 5-0 thrashing of Aston Villa last weekend. His team-mates, however, proved they could pitch in with goals in his absence and they will have to do so again for the visit to their fierce local rivals.

"Alexis is not ready," Wenger told the Arsenal website on Thursday.

"He is not far away, the Leicester game (on Tuesday) is a possibility. He is, of course, very difficult to keep quiet. He is training but it's light training."

Wenger confirmed that England striker Welbeck, who has not played since Dec 28 when he scored in a 2-1 win at West Ham United, has fully recovered from a thigh injury and will be available for selection.

Fifth-placed Arsenal will also have to make do without midfielders Jack Wilshere and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, who are both yet to return to full training following injury lay-offs.

Tottenham are one place and two points below the Gunners in the table.