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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.


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…)


Chile made squad announcement on Twitter.

They made an epic gaffe that would leave Arsenal fans surprised, slightly angry or in laughter. Embattled Arsenal star Alexis Sanchez was named with a FC Bayern Munich badge.

The player is rumoured to be set to exit the Premier League side this summer. Bayern are amongst the clubs that are seeking his signature. While the deal has not been struck it seems the Chilean authorities want him there already.

The Copa America champions are set to play World Cup winners Germany, Australia and Africa Nations Cup winners Cameroon in the Confederations Cup this summer. Juan Antonio Pizzi is set to lead the team to the tournament hence the list of players that are invited for preparations.

Sanchez could move to any of Bayern, Paris St Germain or Manchester City. While Arsenal would prefer to keep him, if they want to sell Arsene Wenger would do as much as possible to sell to a club outside instead of a local rival. This leaves French side PSG and Bayern as the likely employers of the 28-year old. Bayern presents stability and they have a higher chance in Europe so the Chile international might prefer a move there. (more…)