Alexis Sanchez wants to quit Arsenal at the end of the season after the humiliation of being dropped by Arsene Wenger for Saturday’s 3-1 defeat by Liverpool.
The Chilean’s relationship with Wenger, the Arsenal coaches and his team-mates has become strained — culminating in a bust-up after Sanchez stormed off the training pitch in the build-up to the trip to Anfield. He has resolved to look for a new club this summer and the club are aware of his intentions.
Sources say Wenger has been unimpressed with Sanchez’s attitude, particularly his behaviour during the 5-1 defeat by Bayern Munich in the Champions League last month. Sanchez publicly berated his fellow players in the Allianz Arena and he continued to point the finger in the dressing room after the game. Team-mates have noticed Sanchez has become more distant in recent weeks, and Wenger and his staff have not been happy with his attitude at the training ground since the Bayern debacle.
The 28-year-old was confronted by angry team-mates after walking out in the middle of a training session last week, and Wenger’s patience cracked when he axed his leading scorer from the starting XI at Anfield — though the Frenchman insisted his decision was tactical.