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Alexis Sanchez shrugs off World Cup woes and puts on a smile for Arsenal

 

Chilean striker ‘in a very difficult mindset’ after defeat by Brazil – Arsene Wenger to make late decision on whether he faces Watford

ALEXIS SANCHEZ looked a ‘happy chappy’ as he limbered up with the Arsenal squad for Saturday’s teatime showdown at Watford.

There were fears that the striker returned from international duty with Chile carrying a minor niggle.

 Alexis Sanchez has a smile for the camera during trainingAlexis Sanchez has a smile for the camera during training

But the unsettled hitman looked full of the joys of spring at London Colney.

Chile’s defeat by Brazil ko’d Sanchez’s hopes of making next summer’s World Cup finals.

He only returned from South America in time for training on Friday and Gunners’ boss Arsene Wenger must discover what sort of state of his mind is in.

Wenger hinted during his press conference that he would make a late call on Sanchez.

 Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger also looks in good spirits as he watches Grantit ZhakaArsenal boss Arsene Wenger also looks in good spirits as he watches Grantit Zhaka
 Mesut Ozil and Mohamed Elneny also look to be enjoying themselvesMesut Ozil and Mohamed Elneny also look to be enjoying themselves

He intended speaking to the player face to face to assess his fitness and his mental state.

Said Wenger: “He is in a very difficult mindset.

“Sanchez is 29 at the end of the year, so the next one [World Cup] he will be 33. He expected to go. It’s certainly a big disappointment for him.

“I have no doubt that he wants to perform. He never goes on the football pitch to lose a football game, never. Sanchez is a winner type.

“I watched the game with Brazil, what a physical game it was. He played against Dani Alves, that was a real battle, believe me. It’s worse to watch.

“You want your players to be in a positive mind, and as well to have positive experiences.

“To go to the World Cup is the target of every single player who plays football.

“You have in every generation a player who carries the pressure of expectation of a nation… on Chile it’s Sanchez.

 Schhh! Danny Welbeck is giving no secrets away as to team selectionSchhh! Danny Welbeck is giving no secrets away as to team selection
 Jack Wilshere and Per Mertesacker in full training mode at London ColneyJack Wilshere and Per Mertesacker in full training mode at London Colney
 Wilshere and Welbeck up the ante as they get stuck inWilshere and Welbeck up the ante as they get stuck in
 Welbeck pulls back Xhaka as the Arsenal lads limber up for WatfordWelbeck pulls back Xhaka as the Arsenal lads limber up for Watford
 Olivier Giroud on the run looking for a first-team slotOlivier Giroud on the run looking for a first-team slot

“Overall what does it mean? It means they have to deal with the lows as well.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger confirms he remains upbeat on Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez contract talks

“They have to take both the positives and the negatives.”

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Should he not start, then it could be that Danny Welbeck gets the call alongside Alex Iwobi and behind Alexandre Lacazette.

Source: https://www.thesun.co.uk/sport/football/4679742/alexis-sanchez-tries-to-shrug-off-his-world-cup-woes-with-a-smile-at-arsenal-training/

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