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Alexis Sanchez lifts lid on why he left Arsenal for Manchester United

Chile international Alexis Sanchez has stressed that he does not regret leaving Arsenal for Manchester United during the winter transfer window. The 29-year-old was initially tipped to leave the Gunners for Manchester City in January but in a strange change of events, the attacker moved to Old Trafford in a straight swap agreement involving Henrikh Mkhitaryan.

In a report covered by The Express, Sanchez insisted that he is playing his trade for one of the best clubs in England and he is determined to keep improving to lead the club to trophy success, he said: “I believe that United really are a very big club on a worldwide scale and even more so in England, where they are the biggest. They always want to win and to be fighting on all fronts, and that’s the reason I wanted to come here. I also had some great players alongside me when I was at Barcelona, some highly experienced guys who had great quality.
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Claudio Bravo’s Chile Return Not Out Of Question, Says Rueda

Chile national team coach Reinaldo Rueda claims that goalkeeper Claudio Bravo will make a return to the national team fold if his performances show a major improvement. The Manchester City goalkeeper has been struggling to get back into the national team after losing his place and you do a string of poor performances for City.

He was one of the first major signings for Pep Guardiola when he came to the Premier league, but the former Barcelona goalkeeper has been a major disappointment in the Premier League. He has struggled to cope with the physicality of the English league – just like many of the South American goalkeepers prior to him. (more…)

Ryan Giggs Defends Alexis Sanchez Amid Manchester United Regret Talk

Manchester United legend Ryan Giggs has come in the defence of Alexis Sanchez amid speculation that the Red Devils’ hierarchy are regretting the Chilean’s arrival at Old Trafford. The 29-year-old made the surprise switch to Jose Mourinho’s side last month after they agreed on a swap deal with Arsenal which involved Henrikh Mkhitaryan.

Since then, Sanchez has not been in the best of form for United with just one goal and two assists to his name, and this has spread rumours of the club’s board being discontent with the signing. Despite this, Giggs spoke positively about the Chile international, and believes the attacker will improve on his performance levels once his teammates start adapting to his style of play.
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Chile Bring in Former Honduras and Ecuador coach as New Boss

Chile have confirmed that Reinaldo Rueda has been appointed as the new coach of the national team. Chile were able to enjoy a lot of success in the Copa America competitions of late, but the team had a major disappointment after failing to reach the World Cup 2018. The outcome resulted in the exit of Antonio Pizzi, who offered his resignation after the failure to reach the World Cup 2018. Chilean national team were under no pressure to get a quick replacement and they have taken their time over this appointment. Rueda comes in with a lot of experience of coaching South American national teams. He has been involved in coaching the likes of Honduras, Columbia, and Ecuador.

Most recently, he has been taking up club jobs and has been in charge of Atlético Nacional and Flamengo. He has just returned to national team management after a gap of almost 4 years. He has achieved tremendous success during his time at Atlético Nacional after managing to win the likes of the Copa Libertadores and the Copa Colombia. In terms of the managerial roles at the national team levels, Rueda has enjoyed his biggest success with Honduras after winning 31 out of the 53 games in charge of the team. This translates into a winning percentage of 58 – a significant jump compared to his record at Ecuador of 38%.
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Vidal still wants to play for Chile

Key Chile midfielder Arturo Vidal has changed his mind on his initial decision to quit international football after his country failed to qualify for the World Cup in Russia next year when they lost 3-0 to Brazil.

It was a major shock to see the back-to-back Copa America winners crash out at this stage and Vidal initially took it very badly. After the defeat he took to Twitter when it looked as though he was saying farewell to the national side writing that his ‘soul had been crushed’. (more…)

Alexis Sanchez will win back the fans – Arsene Wenger

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has backed Alexis Sanchez to win the trust of the fans after playing for the Gunners for the first time since his Manchester City move fell through.


The Chile international came on for the final 15 minutes of the 3-0 win over Bournemouth, and a section of the fans were not amused by his entry.

Sanchez, who was the Gunners’ top-scorer last term, received jeers when he replaced Danny Welbeck in the second period, but he nevertheless looked lively with the limited time on the pitch. Shortly after the game, Wenger admitted that Sanchez is fully focused on the job at Arsenal, and he will win back the fans through his performances.

He said: “Alexis Sanchez is very focused on the Premier League and the Europa League and he wants to do well. He is still a bit short physically. He will be quickly back to his best. He will win the fans back, and win them back very quickly.” (more…)

Arsene Wenger insists Alexis Sanchez will be available for Liverpool game

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has revealed that star forward Alexis Sanchez should be available for the Gunners’ away trip to Liverpool next weekend.

he Chile international has played no part for the north London outfit this term owing to an abdominal strain sustained prior to the club’s Community Shield triumph over Chelsea this month.

Sanchez has missed the Premier League outings against both Leicester City and Stoke City due to his minor injury, but Wenger expects him to feature in the game at Anfield, he said: “If all goes well through the week, he should be available to be selected for the next game, yes.”

Arsenal suffered a disappointing 1-0 defeat at the hands of Stoke City on Saturday but Wenger was quick to come in the defence of midfielder Mesut Ozil, who was strongly criticised by BT Sport pundits Steven Gerrard and Martin Keown for his average performance. Wenger added: “I think he did fight.”It is difficult to single anybody out. I believe we had many, many chances and personally I don’t think he deserves [criticism].”

Sanchez has been strongly linked with a potential move away from the Emirates this summer, but Wenger has remained firm on his stance that the attacker is not for sale regardless of his contract status. The Chilean footballer currently has less than 12 months left on his previous deal, and the manager is prepared to take a huge financial risk in order to push for a first Premier League title in 13 years.

The 28-year-old was surprisingly dropped to the bench during last season’s 3-1 defeat an Anfield, and Wenger will seek to have the Chilean from the off this time around as he seeks to avoid back-to-back away defeats in the top-flight.

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Chilean attacker admits his future is in his agent’s hands

Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez has admitted that his agent will take care of any transfer interest as he prepares for the 2017 Confederations Cup in Russia.


The Chile international had a top season for the north London club last term has contributed 15 assists and 30 goals in 51 games across all competitions.

Sanchez has always had the potential in front of goal, but he produced one of his best performances last season as guided the Gunners to yet another FA Cup title. While manager Arsene Wenger has continuously iterated that Sanchez would remain a Gunners player next season, speculation continues to link the Chilean with a move elsewhere

Bayern Munich, Chelsea and Manchester City have been touted as potential targets for the highly-talented winger, but Carlo Ancelotti’s side appear to be winning the race with agent Fernando Felicevich having met up with Bavarian officials to discuss personal terms. Sanchez stands the chance of receiving a £350,000 a week package at the Allianz Arena which is more than the £270,000 weekly salary presented to him at Arsenal. (more…)