Arsenal agreed a transfer with Manchester United this week to allow Alexis Sanchez to move clubs, and the forward may now be investigated for missing a drugs test.
The Chilean signed a contract which has made him the highest paid player in Premier League history, and is in line to make his debut for his new club tonight against Yeovil Town in the FA Cup.
Before making his debut however, he has come under hot water for apparently missing a drugs test on Monday, when he was supposedly en route to Old Trafford to carve out the finer details of his move this week.
The player is supposedly at fault for failing to announce his whereabouts due to UEFA rules, and he was expected to be training with Arsenal and was supposedly summoned for a test.
A three-strike system is currently in place, and should a player fail to be where he is supposed to be when summoned for testing, he can find himself banned for up to two years of football, and it is unclear whether the forward has been at fault of the same during the last 12 months.
Arsenal FC and the FA have supposedly declined to comment on the situation thus far, and it could still be possible that the club could be at fault for the failure to declare the star’s whereabouts officially, although the repercussions for a club are much lighter should they be found guilty.
It would be highly entertaining if the Chilean was to be found guilty and be banned from playing from the Red Devils for two years, but I’m not going to be counting my chickens before more light in shed on the situation, but how nice would it be to shove that in the face of United and Jose Mourinho should it come through?
Update: Arsene Wenger said today….. “On Monday there was a lot going on, it is a special day for Alexis Sanchez – you have to do paperwork and travel. Was he still our player on Monday or not? You don’t know.
“It is just a bad day for him to be tested. Honestly, on the administration side it would still be our responsibility because he had not moved. I don’t know what really happened.
“I am quite relaxed because we have nothing to hide here, we always try our best to cooperate with doping control.
“The intention of Alexis was not to hide and we have nothing to hide.”