Saturday 14 December 2019

Alexis Sanchez dressing-room sulk puts rivals on high alert

Alexis Sanchez. Photo: Dylan Martinez/Reuters
Alexis Sanchez. Photo: Dylan Martinez/Reuters

Matt Law

Alexis Sanchez's latest tantrum that continued in the Arsenal dressing-room after the 3-3 draw with Bournemouth has left a number of his team-mates fearing the forward will leave.

While some of the Arsenal players celebrated their comeback, Sanchez displayed his displeasure at the result and the performance by throwing his gloves to the floor and storming down the tunnel without acknowledging anybody.

The 28-year-old's dark mood continued in the dressing-room, as it is understood he continued to ignore his Arsenal colleagues and show his anger. One source claimed the Chile international had "a face like thunder".

Sanchez has only 18 months remaining on his contract and is yet to sign a new deal amid plenty of interest from Europe and China. Manchester City and Chelsea are also monitoring his situation.

His latest meltdown has convinced a number of Sanchez's team-mates that he will not sign a new deal, no matter how much money the club throw at him.

The growing fear is that Sanchez is becoming increasingly fed up that Arsenal cannot sustain a major Premier League title challenge and believes some of his team-mates are not good enough. He argued with midfielder Aaron Ramsey at Bournemouth and was also visibly frustrated by Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

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Towards the end of last season, Sanchez reacted to being substituted in the victory over Norwich City by storming out of the stadium.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger warned him not to break club rules earlier this season. Sanchez breached protocol by taking and missing a penalty against Hull City in September, when Santi Cazorla and Theo Walcott were both on the pitch and ahead of him in the spot-kick pecking order. Wenger reacted by telling Sanchez that he did not want to see a repeat of the incident and that the club's penalty order must be adhered to.

Arsenal are prepared to pay Sanchez £200,000 a week to stay past his current deal, but that may not be enough to convince him to sign a new contract.

Mesut Ozil also has only 18 months remaining on his contract and the issue regarding the German and Sanchez is hindering Arsenal's forward planning for the summer transfer window. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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