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Images: Arsenal’s Sanchez Posts Worrying Ankle Injury Update

LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 13: Alexis Sanchez of Arsenal in action during the Emirates FA Cup sixth round match between Arsenal and Watford at Emirates Stadium on March 13, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

Arsenal fans’ worst fears could yet be realised this summer as star forward Alexis Sanchez reveals the extent of an ankle injury he suffered while playing for Chile during the Copa America.

Speculation has been rife during this window that Juventus are interested in luring the diminutive Chile international away from London, as they look to replace the departing Alvaro Morata to Real Madrid and potential loss of Paul Pogba to Manchester United.

This has been causing fans some restless nights and the only thing that is keeping them sane is the fact that Sanchez himself appears to be quite happy with life in the Premier League. Who wouldn’t be after 29 goals in a mere 65 games for the Gunners? England’s top flight obviously suits the fearless forward.

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - APRIL 09: Alexis Sanchez of Arsenal controls the ball under pressure of Aaron Cresswell of West Ham United during the Barclays Premier League match between West Ham United and Arsenal at the Boleyn Ground on April 9, 2016 in London, England.  (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

The problem now facing Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is the apparent health of his star player following the gruelling Copa America competition. In addition to being the tournament’s Golden Ball winner, Sanchez was also the most fouled player, with 16 fouls made against him.

Following Chile’s victory over Argentina in the final at the weekend, Sanchez himself took to social media to show just what the unwanted attention from opponents has done to him.

Roughly translated, Sanchez says in his post:

“I held everything I could … and it was worth !!! Very happy.”

From these images it is clear that Arsenal’s key attacker and playmaker has been playing with this injury for some time and now needs some serious rest and recovery before the start of the Premier League season in August.

Fans will now be sweating over the fitness of their star as Wenger looks to finally challenge for the Premier League title one last time. To do so without Sanchez would make things a whole lot more difficult, though.

On a slightly more positive note, these images might in fact deter any further interest from rival clubs and allow Wenger breathe easy, from a transfer point of view at least.

Gary Brennan, Pundit Arena

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Author: The PA Team

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