Alexis Sanchez has poured fuel on an already blazing inferno by smirking on the bench as Arsene Wenger's men were walloped 10-2 on aggregate by Bayern Munich to exit the Champions League in humiliation.
The Chillean striker - dropped for the weekend defeat to Liverpool - was hauled off in Tuesday's 5-1 defeat to the Germans and was filmed appearing to smirk when Arturo Vidal bagged the fifth - the 10th over two legs - at the Emirates.
28-year-old Sanchez reportedly stormed out of training last week after an angry disagreement with a teammate before continuing the row and confronting them further in the changing room afterwards.
In his pre-match press conference on Monday ahead of the clash with Bayern Munich Wenger was at pains to insist his relationship with his star man remains “honest and normal”.
Indeed, the Arsenal boss contended his decision to leave Sanchez out at Anfield was purely tactical.
But it is understood Wenger's choice also came from his growing disenchantment with his forward's ever frequent outbursts in recent months.
Alexis Sanchez laughing on the bench pic.twitter.com/VXEN7STYYL— Transfer Related (@TransferRelated) March 7, 2017
Oh dear... https://t.co/e9MRP0cVPA— Mark Ogden (@MarkOgden_) March 7, 2017
Maçın özeti Alexis Sanchez Laugh pic.twitter.com/mp05HIAxJl— Mr. Red Eagle JK (@1903_YGTKRMN) March 7, 2017
Alexis Sanchez doesn't look all that sad about things https://t.co/fOfTDE2Vp5— Captain Jurgen King (@JRDOOBERRY) March 7, 2017
Juventus and Paris Saint-Germain are leading the chase with the Gunners’ top scorer looking for upwards of £300,000 per week at his next club.
The Chinese Super League remain interested although the player’s preference is to stay in Europe while Premier League clubs would also be on alert should he become available.
Sanchez's future in London will come under further scrutiny following this incident.