There is a strong possibility that the Arsenal and Chile international star Alexis Sanchez could finally be set for a summer off, which the striker has not been able to do for years with Copa America tournaments, a World Cup and a Confederates Cup keeping him busy on international duty.
Even if Alexis and his Chilean teammates can win their final two World Cup qualifying games over the next few days, they are not certain to be in Russia next summer as they are currently sixth in the table with only the top four going through.
They are by no means certain to win their two games either, especially the way they have been playing, because the second of the two is away to Brazil, who may have already qualified but will want to win anyway. In some ways I would like to see Sanchez inspire his national team to qualify for the World Cup, as it would show he is back to his best and also put him in a good mood.
On the other hand, though, Chile being out of the World Cup might just benefit Arsenal if it meant that Alexis was more determined than ever to win a trophy at club level this season. He would not have one eye on the summer towards the end of the season and may even be excused some of the pesky international games he normally goes on leaving us sweating on his fitness.
What do you think Gooners_ Do you want Alexis Sanchez at the World Cup or not?