The Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger continues to insist that Alexis Sanchez will be staying at the Emirates for the coming season, but the Chilean’s mysterious flu bug when he was supposed to be back training with Arsenal, and now his new ‘abdominal injury’ has suggested that there may still be tension between him and the club.
This new ‘injury’ has seen him watch Arsenal’s opener from the stands and he is also forecast to miss Arsenal’s next game at Stoke, which is also very strange as we have previously seen Sanchez take to the field when practically wearing crutches as he hates missing any chance to play.
And of course the rumours keep coming. According to some, he has shrugged off his doctors and taken a little jaunt to Paris to have talks with unknown suitors (but moneybags PSG are thought to be top of the list).
Also a report in the Manchester Evening News is saying that Man City are refusing to give up on Sanchez. They said: Pep Guardiola is desperate to add the Chilean to his squad – but has come up against stubborn resistance from Arsenal.
City are prepared to pay Sanchez £325,000-a-week, with image rights taking the personal package to £400,000 – £21m-a-year.
But they are running out of time to strike a deal before the summer window closes at the end of the month.
Despite these mixed signals, Wenger is adamant that there is no problem at all, and when asked if there was any update on Sanchez’s situation, Wenger replied: “No.
“He practised well today, this morning, had a good session for the first time because he had a little muscular strain. He is focused and happy in the dressing room because we won the game.”
So if he ia training and only has a ‘small muscular strain’ then why is Alexis already ruled out of next week’s game? This definitely sounds fishy to me!