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The season hasn’t quite picked up well for Alexis Sanchez following his summer transfer saga that ended in him staying at Arsenal even though he badly wanted out.

Now, according to reports in the English press on Thursday, Arsenal have a new concern. They are concerned about the effect that Sanchez’s recent stint with the Chilean national team will have on his form moving forward.

The Gunners star man spent the past 10 days away with La Roja, who took part in a pair of crucial World Cup qualifying fixtures ahead of next year’s showpiece in Russia.

The first, a home clash with Ecuador, saw Sanchez himself grab a late winner to put his side in the driving seat for a World Cup spot.

However, their second fixture, away to table-toppers, Brazil, saw the hopes of the Copa America champions come crashing down in devastating fashion.

The Chileans crumbed to a 3 – 0 defeat, with Argentina’s Lionel Messi-inspired win at Ecuador, coupled with the 1 – 1 stalemate between Peru and Colombia conspiring against Sanchez’s side to leave them in 6th place in the CONMEBOL standings.

As such, Chile will not be heading to the biggest competition in world football next summer, with Arsenal now said to be seriously worried by the state of mind of their star man.

Long known for wearing his emotions on his sleeve, Sanchez is said to have been absolutely dejected by his country’s recent fortunes, while the part played by fellow Gunners teammate, David Ospina, in the draw between Colombia and Peru is also a cause of concern for the North London outfit.

With Sanchez’s current deal at the Emirates set to expire next summer, and previous reports having suggested that the 28-year-old has become fed up with life in the English capital, the worry is that the gifted attacker will now mentally check out of the club, simply winding down his contract before departing for free next year.

Author: Yemi Olarinre