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Alexis Alejandro Sanchez | Forward | #7

Team: Arsenal
Age / DOB:  (28) / 12/19/1988
Ht / Wt:  5'7" / 154

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The arrival of Alexandre Lacazette could mean that Alexis Sanchez will score fewer goals in 2017-18 than he did in 2016-17 when he split time between center forward and wide attack.
Let's face it, wide attackers don't usually score 24 goals in a season. Alexis Sanchez's prolific 2016-17 owed at least something to the fact that he was deployed as a center forward for long stretches of the season. Alexandre Lacazette isn't an Olivier Giroud-type who has to be playing centrally to be effective but given what we've seen of both players, it seems reasonable to predict that Lacazette will spend more time centrally and Sanchez will spend more time wide on the left of the attacking formation. If you're betting on one of the two to score 20+ goals in the Premier League this season, you might want to bet on the one that will spend more time in the middle of the formation. Jul 7 - 11:49 AM

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Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez said he has decided on his future in the Premier League—he just won't reveal what his plans are.

Following the club record signing of Lyon forward Alexandre Lacazette, all eyes will turn to Sanchez and Mesut Ozil in contract talks as they enter the final year of their respective contracts. However, reports today claim Sanchez is demanding £400,000-a-week from the Gunners, more than £100,000 more than their current offer. When asked if he would join Chile teammate Claudio Bravo at Manchester City, Sanchez didn't offer a clear answer: "Good question. Right now I'm focused on the Confederations Cup. When this is finished I will see if I stay or if I go. I don't know...Yes it's clear but I can't tell you."
Source: Sky Sports
Jul 6 - 5:16 PM

Alexis Sanchez will be assessed ahead of this weekend’s Confederations Cup opener against Cameroon after picking up an injury.

Reports from Chile on Thursday confirm the Arsenal forward "received a blow to the ankle" in training and his availability on Sunday remains in doubt. Doctors initially indicated that the injury, now known to be a sprained ankle, was only minor, but there are growing concerns that Sanchez will miss out in Moscow after he was seen boarding the team bus with the aid of crutches and in obvious discomfort. Sanchez, who continues to be evaluated, worked with kinesiologist Pedro Oñate away from the main group on Friday. The La Roja star will be given every opportunity to prove his fitness ahead of kick-off.
Jun 16 - 4:27 PM

Alexis Sanchez looks set to leave the Emirates this summer although where the 28-year-old will end up is still undecided.

Arsenal are prepared to break the bank to keep their star man and have offered Sanchez an eye watering deal said to be worth in the region of £300,000-a-week. However, after missing out on a Champions League spot, a move away seems more likely and there are plenty of potential suitors. Bayern Munich will pull out all the stops to land their number one target. The German Champions want Sanchez as part of a £40 million deal and they are willing to pay around £350,000-a-week. However, Sanchez insists that no decision will be made ahead of the Confederations Cup [which starts on June 18]: "I’m focused on the Cup in Russia and trying to do well. The truth is that my agent will see to it. He knows and he will sit down with the club to look for the best option for me." Reports from Chile also suggest that Sanchez may have agreed a move to Premier League rivals Manchester City.
Jun 10 - 3:09 AM

In the two days since Alexis went off against Stoke City, Arsene Wenger has sent mixed messages about his availability on Tuesday against Sunderland.

Arsene Wenger's quotes since Saturday have been a bit all over the map. He has said both that it "didn't look good" and that "it was just a kick". Ultimately he has settled on "it is a possibility that he plays tomorrow". How's that for saying a lot of words that give no useful information? Personally, I wouldn't bet against Sanchez playing with Champions League qualification on the line and the Gunners needing a win to keep the pressure on Manchester City and Liverpool. It would not be a big shock if Sanchez played less than the 90 minutes assuming Arsenal take a substantial lead against the Black Cats and the Emirates tomorrow.
May 15 - 10:10 AM

After scoring a goal and contributing an assist, Alexis Sanchez came off of Arsenal's 4-1 win over Stoke City with a thigh strain.

The extent of the injury isn't yet known but with Arsenal needing to win all of their remaining fixtures to retain a chance of qualifying for next season's Champions League. Wenger can probably afford to rest his talisman in mid-week against already-relegated Sunderland but the manager will surely want to have Sanchez back against Everton to close the season at the Emirates and then again for the FA Cup final against newly crowned champions Chelsea. Stay tuned for updates about the severity of the injury as details become available.
May 13 - 2:34 PM

Alexis Sanchez scored the opener for Arsenal mid-way through the second half as Arsenal stayed in the hunt for the top four with a 2-0 win over Southampton at St. Mary's.

It was a lackluster first half from Arsenal as Southampton got the better of the few opportunities that were on offer. The second half looked like it was going to be more of the same as the Saints got off to the stronger start early. It didn't last long as Arsenal not only dominated possession again but started to get the opportunities needed to turn possession into goals. The opener came when Granit Xhaka, again very good, sent an incisive pass to Mesut Ozil who flicked to Sanchez who let two Southampton players fly by him before firing through Fraser Forster. Arsenal continued to dominate through the latter stages of the second half and Olivier Giroud, in as a substitute, put the icing on the cake heading home from close from an Aaron Ramsey assist.
May 10 - 5:08 PM

Arsene Wenger has dismissed reports that Arsenal will make Alexis Sanchez the highest paid player in the Premier League with a salary topping £300,000/week.

The will he/won't he saga related to Alexis re-upping his contract with Arsenal has been going on seemingly forever at this point. With his current deal running through the end of next season and Arsenal in turmoil over the future of Arsene Wenger, the rumors seem to shift almost daily. Wenger is probably telling the truth about the current rumor and you should probably be skeptical of just about anything you hear until Arsenal decide who will be managing the club next season and beyond.
Apr 14 - 4:10 PM

Arsenal fans were not too pleased with the latest Alexis Sanchez news following his comments in the Chilean media.

Said Sanchez after scoring in Chile's 3-0 win against Venezuela in World Cup qualifying: "I am happy in London and hope to finish my contract there. I'd like to stay in the city but with a team that is winning things, that has a winning mentality." Fans and pundits across England suggested the comments hinted at joining Chelsea, one of the clubs that are reportedly interested in making a summer move along with Paris Saint-Germain and Juventus. Even with a year left on his current contract, Arsenal is reportedly not willing to part with the attacking star for less than £50 million.
Source: Sky Sports
Mar 30 - 12:57 PM

Arsenal supporters will be boosted by talisman Alexis overcoming his ankle injury to take the field for Chile against Argentina in World Cup qualifying.

There are still massive questions about Sanchez's future at the Emirates but for the short term it seems likely he will be back for the stretch run. The Gunners will be hoping to overtake at least two of Manchester United, Manchester City, Liverpool, and Spurs to return to the Champions League yet again under Arsene Wenger. Failure to do so could see the club start in on a series of changes in the squad and in management.
Mar 26 - 4:42 PM

Alexis Sanchez is expected to line-up against Argentina in the early hours of Thursday morning after being cleared to play in the World Cup qualifier.

The Arsenal supremo was rated as a major doubt on Saturday after he was forced off because of an ankle problem at West Brom, an injury which manager Arsène Wenger described as "terrible" amid fears that he had sustained ligament damage. However, following ongoing tests in Chile, it now looks like Sanchez is ready to be patched up for the decisive game in Buenos Aires: "The last news I have is that it was only the kick. I don't know if his ligament was damaged or not - it was swollen so hard to assess after the game - but it looks positive," Wenger told beIN Sports. The news will come as huge relief for Arsenal supporters who had feared that their talismanic attacker would miss the remainder of the season, although they must now contend with Sanchez playing another 180 minutes before the Premier League fixture against Man City on April 02.
Source: The Mirror
Mar 22 - 2:42 PM

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said the club is waiting on the full extent of Alexis Sanchez's ankle injury.

Early reports suggest that Sanchez did not sustain any serious damage and is expected to take part in the upcoming internationals with Chile, much to the chagrin of Arsenal fans and fantasy managers. Wenger said Sanchez shouldn't have played on in the club's 3-1 loss to West Brom on Saturday, but the former Barcelona man insisted: "He was injured from the tackle in the first half. It was a bad tackle. His ankle is in an absolutely terrible state. He should not have played in the second half but he insisted that he wanted to come out....Chile goes to Argentina for a massive game but they play only next week and if it's only a kick, he will play. If the ligament is damaged, he will not play."
Source: ESPN FC
Mar 21 - 2:39 PM

Alexis Sanchez left Saturday's match with West Brom with what was termed a serious injury but word today is that he will be ready to go for Chile against Argentina over the international break.

It's hard to know what to believe with Sanchez and Arsenal these days. Between the benching against Liverpool, the contract rumors and now the conflicting information coming out about his injury it's just an informational mess. The positive thing for fantasy managers is that we'll have the better part of two weeks of evidence of his health or lack thereof before we have to make any decisions. Arsene Wenger had better hope the news is good though given where Arsenal are in the race for the top four.
Source: @BenDinnery
Mar 20 - 7:55 PM

Arsène Wenger admits he is "very worried" about his sides recent slump after West Brom condemned Arsenal to their fourth Premier League defeat in five.

The Gunners were deservedly beaten at the Hawthorns and Arsenal face the real prospect of a finishing outside of the Top Four having slipped to fifth. Prior to kick off Wenger had been dealt a double injury blow after Mesut Ozil was ruled out as a precaution due to a hamstring complaint while Luca Perez didn’t make the match day squad because of a thigh injury. Problems then began to mount in the first half after Petr Cech tweaked his calf playing a simple pass which resulted in David Ospina coming on for his first Premier League appearance in almost a year. Alexis Sanchez was then caught by James McClean, and although he soldiered on until the 78th minute, his mobility was severely hampered. "We lost Cech on a calf problem, after [that] we lost Sanchez, he stayed on, but in the second half he was not himself," Wenger said. "His ankle doesn’t look good."
Source: The Mirror
Mar 18 - 1:08 PM

The future of Arsene Wenger at Arsenal was put into further question today, as the Gunners took a fourth loss in their last five league games, falling to West Brom, 3-1.

This looked like a chance for the Gunners to get back on track, matched up against a West Brom side that looked sluggish the past couple of weeks but the Baggies gave them a fight, scoring the opening goal before the quarter hour mark. Alexis Sanchez, once again at the heart of the Arsenal attack answered back less than three minutes later, fed a cross by Granit Xhaka in space and smashed home his eighteenth goal of the season. Wenger's side took a major blow later in the half, when Petr Cech was forced off with a calf injury, David Ospina replacing him. West Brom would go on to score two unanswered goals in the second half, exploiting the Gunners on set pieces twice on the day. Sanchez continues to deliver the fantasy goods but Arsenal are a club in crisis at the moment.
Source: NBC Sports
Mar 18 - 10:33 AM