Published: Fri, September 08, 2017
Sport | By Scott Davis

Chile teammate reveals Sanchez reaction to failed transfer

Chile teammate reveals Sanchez reaction to failed transfer

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger expects Alexis Sanchez to get back to his very best after returning to Arsenal from worldwide duty.

With £60m appearing to be on its way through the sale of Alexis Sánchez to Manchester City, Arsenal saw a £92m offer accepted by Monaco for Thomas Lemar although they were unable to convince the player of a late summer switch.

After defeat in both of their last two matches, Sanchez's Chile sit sixth in the South America qualifying table and could miss out on the World Cup 2018 in Russian Federation, unless they can get results against Ecuador and Brazil in their final group games next month.

Chile forward Sanchez, 28, came close to joining Manchester City on deadline day, but Wenger has "no doubt about Alexis' mind and mentality".

"He needs to come back to full fitness, which he was not against Liverpool".

Sanchez was set to first play for Chile at Bolivia on Tuesday after reportedly overcoming an ankle problem.

"He will be back very quickly to his best", said the Gunners boss, via BBC Sport. While Wenger did not clarify exactly what those personal reasons were, he admitted that Arsenal's hard campaign made him even more hesitant to sign a contract extension.

Wright called on Ozil to sign a new contract if he felt so strongly and Dixon pointed out that former professionals had a job to fulfil their media jobs as best they could, just as players must perform to their maximum on the pitch.

Look, we're not ones to say things couldn't have gone much worse for Arsenal this summer, but things couldn't really have gone much worse for Arsenal this summer. He wrote: "You are tired when somebody criticizes you with reason or without, you are tired of wanting to be defeated, you are tired of saying to yourself "once more I need to get up" while crying after defeat". Nearly every manager of a Premier League big six club commented on the insanity of the market, but Wenger was especially vocal.

Arsenal were beaten 4-0 at Liverpool before the global break, then sold Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain to the Reds, and discontent appears to be growing again at the Emirates Stadium. "That is obvious, but unfortunately that is part of a career as well", Wenger said on Thursday.

Wenger reported that Jack Wilshere "still needs some fitness work" and Santi Cazorla, who has not played since October of past year because of an achilles problem, had started to run. "It is hard to predict when he will be available again - but it will not be before Christmas".

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