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.
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.
😢 🇨🇱🏆… Aguanté todo lo que pude…y valió la pena!!! Muy feliz 😀 pic.twitter.com/vMd24DwZPw
— Alexis Sánchez (@Alexis_Sanchez) June 27, 2016
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