Alexis Sanchez has taken to Instagram to claim that he has an illness ahead of his planned return to Arsenal training on Sunday.
It’s the Emirates Cup this weekend with fans given a chance to see their team in action ahead of the Community Shield clash with Chelsea next week.
The likes of Mesut Özil, Alexandre Lacazette and Granit Xhaka are all expected to play some part on the weekend with the rest of the Arsenal squad set to return to full training on Sunday.
Shkodran Mustafi and Alexis Sanchez are expected to be amongst them but Arsenal fans may have to wait for the Chilean’s return.
“Alexis and Mustafi, their first training session will be on Sunday,” Wenger said earlier in the week.
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“They are practising on the day. First of all you make a really good check-up of where they are, how much they have worked during their break.
“After, once you know where you stand, they need an adjusted programme and to see how quickly you can fit them in again.”
Sanchez took to Instagram to claim that he has an illness ahead of his return, captioning the post with: ‘Enfermo 😢🌡💉🤒🤧 sick 🤒🤒🤒🤒🤒’
Sanchez has, of course, been heavily linked with a move away from the club. Arsenal are insistent that he will stay at the Emirates this summer which raises some questions about whether or not Sanchez is happy at the club.
It’s unclear how much truth is in Sanchez’s claims. Maybe Arsenal supporters are looking too much into the timing of this illness but he wouldn’t be the first footballer to do something like this. Hopefully, he makes a speedy return and we’ll see him back in action in an Arsenal shirt within a couple of weeks.