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Sanchez storm-out adds to Wenger's woe

Matt Law

Published 07/05/2016 | 02:30

Sanchez has two years remaining on his contract but Arsenal may now face a battle to convince him to sign an extension Photo: Catherine Ivill/AMA/Getty Images
Sanchez has two years remaining on his contract but Arsenal may now face a battle to convince him to sign an extension Photo: Catherine Ivill/AMA/Getty Images

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is facing a fresh headache over Alexis Sanchez as the forward's frustration with life at the Emirates increases.

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Sanchez has two years remaining on his contract but Arsenal may now face a battle to convince him to sign an extension.

Sanchez's feelings boiled over last week in the victory over Norwich City, in which he was replaced by Francis Coquelin in the 84th minute. Sanchez not only headed straight down the tunnel without acknowledging Wenger, but then stormed out of the stadium.

The incident was a culmination of weeks of tension surrounding Sanchez, who has struggled to consistently reproduce the brilliant form of his first season at the club.

Wenger tried to gloss over the Chile international's reaction, insisting he was simply demonstrating his desire to play. But, privately, the Frenchman is understood to be unimpressed.

The atmosphere between them is believed to have been frosty in training this week, although Sanchez is expected to start against Manchester City tomorrow.

He has admitted in the past that he argues with Wenger over the amount of playing time he is given and Arsenal will hope the latest episode blows over quickly. But with fans already on Wenger's back after the club yet again failed to maintain a Premier League title challenge, he could do without this Sanchez spat.

It is not the first time that Sanchez has made it clear he is not entirely happy, and that has not gone down well with some team-mates. After back-to-back league defeats by Manchester United and Swansea City, Sanchez questioned the desire of the Arsenal players to win silverware, saying: "There are great players. I train with them daily and they have got the mentality and the desire to win but we lack hunger."

Even if a contract extension remains unsigned, it would be a surprise if Arsenal considered selling Sanchez this summer, although Bayern Munich have been linked with him and there have been suggestions that Pep Guardiola could try to take him to Manchester City. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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