Sanchez's Arsenal return on hold after Instagram illness pic

Solenn Plantier
Juillet 30, 2017

Alexis Sanchez will take steps to force a move away from Arsenal this week, with an official transfer request being considered, according to reports.

But Mertesacker wants Sanchez to stay with the north London side for the coming campaign, saying the 28-year-old has the ability to fire Arsenal back to the Champions League and into contention for championships.

Hours after Wenger confirmed that Sanchez was due back in training with Arsenal on Sunday the Chilean forward, who had been given extra time off to recover after the Confederations Cup, posted on Instagram that he had the flu.

Sanchez posted a picture on social media looking miserable along his dog with the caption "Sick". "I had him on text yesterday", he said after yesterday's 5-2 win over Benfica.

Manchester City have been persistently linked with a move for the Arsenal player and it's understood Sanchez is keen on linking up with Pep Guardiola, who signed him before when at Barcelona.

The Express say that he will seek out Arsene Wenger to tell him that he wants to leave the Emirates rather than enter the final year of his contract. Hopefully. Of course, I think he'll stay.

"We are in touch with him and his doctor".

Wenger also added that Alexis was now due to come back on Tuesday.

"Kolasinac has gone from strength to strength in pre-season", Wenger said.

"In the future I think you will see that more and more, players going into the a year ago of their contract".

When asked whether he felt Sanchez's illness is a convenient excuse to prolong his absence from the club, Wenger said: "Your job is to be suspicious and is built on mistrust and my job is built on trust! I love this club, and I'm hoping that I can have an impact on a different level".

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