There is of course no day that goes by without another rumour about the Arsenal and Chile striker Alexis Sanchez, and there is no doubt that he has helped fuel these speculations with his Instagram post saying simply “enfermo” (Sick). So today the latest is that he is set to hand in a transfer request next week when he returns to the Emirates to force Arsene Wenger’s hand.
But Wenger himself admitted that Alexis really has flu and his return to training will be delayed for a few days, but he refused to reveal any details of his conversation with the ex-Barca man, who is apparently keen to rejoin Pep Guardiola at Man City. “He has flu, yes. I had him on text yesterday,” Wenger said.
“He will come back as soon as possible and we were in touch with him and his doctor. He has no basic problem apart from the fact that he should come back tomorrow, but he comes back on Tuesday,”
“He’s flying back as soon as he’s in a position to fly back. He has flu and that’s a question of normally four or five days.”
Asked whether there has been any news on Alexis’ future at Arsenal, Wenger replied: “There’s no development, it’s always the same. He is staying.”
The rumours are saying that the Chilean has told Wenger he wants to leave, but Wenger refused to be drawn on the subject. “I cannot reveal to you what he says to me always, no. I don’t want to talk. I cannot reveal what is a secret conversation.”
So, we can only wonder if Sanchez has asked to leave, and if he has, then we have to assume that Wenger has said “No!” But I still think we cannot be sure what the final outcome will be until the last day of the transfer window at the end of next month….