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After an extended summer break due to his performance for the Chile national team, Alexis Sanchez started his second Arsenal game of the season on Thursday night, in a 3-1 Europa League victory over FC Koln.
Alexis looked like his mind was elsewhere and not in the game he is playing in the first half but a change of formation from Arsene Wenger in the second half brought the Chilean back from wonderland. With the score levelled at 1-1, Sanchez collected a long ball out wide before cutting inside and curling a shot into the top corner from outside the area.
Fullbacks Sead Kolasinac and Hector Bellerin also found the net for Arsenal on the night. Sanchez’s goals gives the Gunners a good foundation, as they are scheduled to face reigning champions Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.
Sanchez’s future was subjected to several deliberation becoming one of the longest transfer saga of the summer. Although it looked like he was ready for an exit, Sanchez ultimately remained at the North London club as Wenger held true to his promise of not selling the player.
The Frenchman would have been well aware of the risk that he could lose Sanchez on a free transfer next summer if he wasn’t sold this summer. Wenger clearly places more value on a season with Sanchez more than the £60m the Gunners could have earned from his sale.
Sanchez is in the final year of his current deal, and according to report, he has made up his mind not to sign a new one with the club. Spanish giants Real Madrid are rumored with an interest for the Chile international, but he prefers to ply his trade in the Premier League. Instead, Sanchez has chosen to reunite with former Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola at Manchester City, according to a report from the Mirror said on Friday morning.
Having failed to sign Sanchez on deadline day, Man City look to add Sanchez to the ranks at the Etihad as a free agent for nothing next year.