SPORT Sanchez back in Lon­don af­ter de­layed Ar­se­nal re­turn

Daily Trust - - OPINION -

Alexis Sanchez re­turned to Ar­se­nal train­ing on Tues­day af­ter ar­riv­ing back in Lon­don fol­low­ing an ex­tended leave of ab­sence.

Sanchez, who is at­tract­ing in­ter­est from Manch­ester City and Paris Saint-Ger­main, ac­cord­ing to Sky sources, flew from Chile via Paris with his lawyer and headed to the club’s Lon­don Col­ney train­ing ground in the af­ter­noon.

Sky Sports News un­der­stands the route was purely co­in­ci­den­tal and it is nor­mal for South Amer­i­can play­ers to stop off in places such as Paris and Madrid for re­fu­el­ing.

The 28-year-old for­ward was in­tended to re­port back at the club’s base on Sun­day but was granted an ex­tended leave while he re­cov­ered from sick­ness fol­low­ing his par­tic­i­pa­tion in the Con­fed­er­a­tions Cup.

Sanchez sub­se­quently missed Ar­se­nal’s 5-2 win over Ben­fica, but af­ter the game man­ager Arsene Wenger in­sisted the player would be re­turn­ing this week to hon­our the re­main­ing year on his con­tract.

When asked whether he felt Sanchez’s ill­ness is a con­ve­nient ex­cuse to pro­long his ab­sence from the club, Wenger said: “Your job is to be sus­pi­cious and is built on mis­trust and my job is built on trust! That’s why I pre­fer my side [of the story].”

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