Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez looks likely to leave Arsenal in the summer according to a number of reports who say he was dropped following a training ground bust-up ahead of the Liverpool game.
Sanchez – whose future is in doubt due as he is in the last 18 months of his contract – was left out of the team to face Liverpool with Arsene Wenger telling reporters that he wanted to use Olivier Giroud and Danny Welbeck to play a more direct game.
However now many of the national newspapers, including the Guardian, the Mirror, the Telegraph and the Mail, are all reporting that there was a huge training ground row between Sanchez and some of his team-mates.
Alexis Sanchez cuts a dejected figure after the 3-1 defeat at Liverpool.Eurosport
Training ground row
It is alleged that Sanchez stormed off during a training session and there were arguments between Sanchez and some of his team-mates.
Sanchez’s frustration with his team-mates has been clear for observers to see this season during matches, from throwing his gloves off against Bournemouth and squatting, hunched over during the defeat to Bayern Munich.
The reports say that the decision to drop Sanchez was made for the good of the team morale and that a lot of the players back the decision.
The Mirror report that Wenger has become increasingly frustrated with Sanchez’s attitude and there have been multiple rows over his application in training, which came to head during one session last week.
The reports in general make it clear that Sanchez’s desire to win is generally admired by those at Arsenal, but now there is a feeling that he may have gone too far.
The Telegraph’s report says that while Mesut Ozil, also locked in contract stand-off with Arsenal, was ill and therefore unable to play against Liverpool, he may well have been dropped anyway.
Sanchez likely to leave – PSG favourites
The Mirror and the Mail in particular are pushing the line that Sanchez will leave in the summer, and that his relationship with Wenger has broken down and he no longer wants to sign a new deal.
The papers agree that Paris Saint-Germain are leading the chase for the Chilean with Juventus also a possible option, although doubts remain over whether he would want to return to Italy while Spain could come into the equation.
The Mirror and Mail report that PSG would be willing to offer Sanchez £300,000 a week, far more than his current deal at Arsenal.