“I’M SICK!” – Alexis Sanchez’s Arsenal return could be delayed as forward reveals ‘illness’ to social media followers

28 Jul

Alexis Sanchez’s start to the season could be derailed after the Arsenal forward posted a picture on social media claiming he was ill.

The Chile international has yet to begin pre-season training with his team-mates following his exertions at the Confederations Cup in Russia, where he helped the Copa America champions reach the final.

Manager Arsene Wenger said on Thursday that he expected Sanchez to take part in his first training session on Sunday, while the remainder of the squad take part in the Emirates Cup.

But Sanchez took to Instagram on Friday morning to post a picture of him sat wrapped in a scarf and looking miserable, with the caption “sick”.

 

Enfermo sick

A post shared by Alexis Sanchez (@alexis_officia1) on Jul 27, 2017 at 6:33pm PDT

 

It is understood that he is suffering from flu and that the club are not sure as of yet if the illness will impact on his return to the club following the summer break.

Sanchez’s future at the north London club remains up in the air as he enters the final season of his contract, with talks on a new deal seemingly at an impasse.

He has been linked with the likes of Paris Saint-Germain, Manchester City, Bayern Munich and Chelsea during the summer, as Arsenal face a season of Europa League football having finished fifth in the Premier League last term.

Wenger has said many times that he would refuse to sell Sanchez and rather see the former Barcelona man leave on a free transfer when his contract expires.

Sanchez hit 30 goals for the Gunners last season but cut a frustrated figure during a torrid run of results that saw the club fall out of the Premier League top four and humiliated in the Champions League as they lost 10-2 on aggregate to Bayern.

Lifting the FA Cup in the final game of the season would have given the player a lift but, given his continuing contract uncertainty, former Arsenal striker Alan Smith told talkSPORT it’s a “no-brainer” to let Sanchez leave if he is actively seeking an exit.

Arsenal will face Benfica and Sevilla in the Emirates Cup friendly competition over the weekend before facing Chelsea in the Community Shield on August 6.

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