Alexis Sanchez comes under a lot of pressure from his team-mates, in recent weeks. He risks becoming an outcast in his own team. An inside source claims that he’s lately been disruptive, making the rest of the players uneasy around his attitude.
In recent weeks, the 28-year-old has shown clear signs of discontent, from storming out of a training session to laughing on the substitutes’ bench during the 5-1 defeat to Bayern Munich on Tuesday evening.
After this defeat, his nerves on the pitch carried over into the dressing-room, where reportedly he was involved in an altercation with his squad-mates.
In the run-up to last Saturday’s 3-1 defeat to Liverpool, Sanchez was dropped to the bench after he stormed out of a training session and was confronted by Laurent Koscielny over his actions.
The Chilean striker has been in the middle of this controversy because claims were made that he might use Arsene Wenger’s own struggles in order to leave Arsenal on his terms.
Sanchez is expected to leave the club with one year remaining on his contract this summer.
The situation for Sanchez is not looking good, despite him having scored Arsenal’s fourth goal versus Lincoln City on the 11th.
Before Saturday’s 5-0, however, Arsene Wenger rallied his team and said that senior players are “responsible for the energy within a team”, and encouraged them to remain “positive about what went well”.
After the win, Wenger said in an interview that “[they] recently had big disappointments in the Champions League, after that in our job you have to respond in the next game. Therefore, you need players who are solid mentally, and united. The experience is easier when you’ve gone through difficult periods before than if you’ve never known it.”
Former Manchester United and Liverpool star Paul Ince believes Sanchez is within his rights to want to leave.
“I think Alexis Sanchez is right to be unhappy at Arsenal,” Ince wrote in his Paddy Power blog. “You can understand after everything that’s gone on why he might want to leave. He’s a winner, he wants to win. You can’t be a team’s best player and be sat on the bench, like he was over the weekend.
The Chile international has refused to sign a new contract – with his current deal running out at the end of next season – in a bid to grab a move to Paris Saint Germain in the summer.
The Gunners crashed out of the Champions League with a humiliating 10-2 aggregate defeat to Bayern Munich to add to Sanchez’s list of reasons to leave.
Alexis Sanchez has had a hand in 35 goals this season (21 goals, 14 assists), more than any other PL player in all comps.
Arsenal’s games this season in all competitions have produced a total of 145 goals (95 scored, 50 conceded), more than any other Premier League side.