Wednesday, 30 August 2017

Chile F A President-Alexis Sanchez did not ask to leave the national team squad to sort out his Arsenal future.

Chile's FA president, Arturo Salah, has confirmed Alexis Sanchez did not ask to leave the national team squad to sort out his Arsenal future.

Reports in the forward's homeland claimed on Wednesday that Sanchez had been granted permission to complete transfer away from Arsenal, with Manchester City stepping up their summer-long interest before Thursday's transfer deadline.

Sanchez has informed Arsene Wenger of his desire to leave the club and an offer in the region of £70million would test the manager's public stance that bids will not be entertained.

Chile are in action on Thursday evening, facing Paraguay in a World Cup qualifier 30 minutes after the Premier League transfer window shuts, and Salah has denied Sanchez asked to leave the training camp.

Salah told reporters: "Juan Antonio Pizzi confirmed to me that it is totally false that Alexis Sánchez asked permission to leave."

The Chile FA president added that Sanchez was training as expected amid the speculation over his club future.

The Frenchman showed the sort of passion that was missing from Arsenal ’s lame surrender at Anfield when he met his coaching staff this week. The boss was fuming at the training-ground inquest into what had gone wrong 24 hours earlier.

According to insiders, the meeting got “very heated”. The manager was furious about the abject nature of Sunday's defeat — it was 4-0 but Liverpool could have scored twice as many — and it left him questioning the attitude of every player. What quickly became very clear was that Wenger was not prepared to stomach any player who was not fully committed to the cause.

And the biggest question mark of all was about Alexis Sanchez after his performance in the defeat at Liverpool. Sanchez was nowhere near match-fit for his first start of the season, but there was doubt over whether his mind was elsewhere as the dismal defeat unfolded or if he was just ring-rusty.

After all, the 28-year-old could be the difference between getting a top four place or not. That is £30m, straight away. His goals and assists made him priceless to Arsenal last season. But baggage comes with Sanchez. There often does with big stars and their egos. They know they are special, can be temperamental, selfish divas and, at times, disruptive. Some of the other players do not like him, they think he inhibits and damages the team ethic and dressing room spirit.

It’s all about him rather than the team. Sanchez can be difficult to handle in training, sulk on the pitch and throw a strop if he is substituted. On one occasion, he was hooked late on and, by the time the game was finished and everyone else came into the dressing room, he was showered, changed and gone.

Wenger rarely gets irate, even after a bad defeat. He keeps his powder dry until after he has collected his thoughts. But the veteran boss is clearly feeling the heat himself. He knows he is not bombproof, even after signing a new two year contract. He must deliver results and the pressure is rising after a poor start. And he faces a major dilemma now on Sanchez. If a £70m offer comes in then Arsenal would likely sell. City know the price.

However, City remain confident of signing Alexis before Thursday's transfer deadline.

City and Arsenal have opened talks over the Chilean, signalling a shift in stance from the Gunners, who had long insisted their forward is not for sale.

It is also understood that it is Arsenal who broached the idea of including Raheem Sterling in the deal, though City have no desire to sell the England international and are determined to complete a cash-only transfer.

It has also been reported that the Londoners are interested in Sergio Aguero, but sources close to the player stress he has no interest in the move.

Alexis agreed personal terms with City several weeks ago and informed the Gunners that he wanted to leave the club at the start of July.

City have been confident of signing him since April, and though they had been surprised by Arsene Wenger's stubbornness in recent weeks they now believe the end of the saga is in sight.

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