Poorly Alexis Sánchez is staying, says Arsène Wenger after Arsenal victory

Poorly Alexis Sánchez is staying, says Arsène Wenger after Arsenal victory 1
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• Wenger has spoken to flu-stricken striker and let him recover in Chile
• New signing Sead Kolasinac shines in Arsenal Emirates Cup win
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Olivier Giroud lashes home Arsenal’s fourth in their 5-2 win over Benfica in the Emirates Cup, for which Alexis Sánchez was absent.
Arsène Wenger has given special dispensation to Alexis Sánchez to stay in Chile as he recovers from an ill-timed bout of flu. The Arsenal forward, originally due to return to England to rejoin the squad this weekend, has an extension until Tuesday. Sánchez’s Instagram selfie – wrapped in a scarf with his bottom lip out as if he felt very sorry for himself while cuddling his dog for comfort – did not look like the most convincing sickie ever. Still, Wenger had a message for the doubters: “Your job is to be suspicious. Your job is built on mistrust, and my job is built on trust. That’s why I prefer my side,” he quipped.

The manager and player have exchanged messages in the past couple of days. “I had him on text yesterday; he will come back as soon as possible,” Wenger added. “We were in touch with him and his doctor. There is no basic problem.

“He comes back on Tuesday. I cannot reveal what he says to me. I cannot reveal a secret conversation. He is flying back as soon as he is in a position to fly back. He has the flu, that is, normally four to five days.”

The situation regarding Sánchez’s contract and possible suitors remain unchanged from Wenger’s perspective: “There is no development, always the same, he is staying of course.”

With the club’s top scorer from last season in his South American sickbed, Arsenal beat Benfica 5-2 on the opening day of the Emirates Cup.

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One standout performance came from Sead Kolasinac, the free transfer who looked powerful on the flank and used the ball shrewdly in the attacking positions he relishes. The Bosnian was involved in creating three goals and looked more than ready to make an impact in the Premier League.


“He has gone in pre-season from strength to strength,” Wenger said. “He started a bit nervous; every single week, he moved his level up. Today he was influential; the first two goals came from him. He looks powerful, and the timing of his availability going forward is very good.” On the other flank, the talented and enterprising Reiss Nelson caught the eye and had had a good enough pre-season to work his way into the first-team plans – for the Europa League and League Cup at the very least.

In the current formation, Wenger favors; he can take some encouragement from the idea of Kolasinac marauding on one side with Héctor Bellerín or Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain on the other.

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It was a pre-season encounter with abundant chances (which said as much for the defensive sluggishness on the show as the attacking finesse – three of the goals took deflections).

Strikes from a sharp Theo Walcott and Olivier Giroud suggested that both are rising to the challenge posed by the arrival of Alexandre Lacazette, who made a cameo appearance and is expected to play a longer part in Sunday’s match against Sevilla.

Wenger was pleased with a solid run-out and noted that he is open to further strengthen his squad. Monaco’s Thomas Lemar is still on his radar even if no major inroads have been made. “We don’t speak about how negotiations go,” said Wenger. “We come out once the deal is done or not done. At the moment nothing special to say in this case. We are active on the market in general.”

“It just looks like we’ve long passed in a circle,” said Sacha Dent, an educator from the town. “And it’s the same thing with no longer simply matters that are like lynchings and close to lynchings, but just the detest … anywhere.”

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The attendees held graphics of famous sufferers of police and vigilante violence – Philando Castile, Trayvon Martin, Tamir Rice – and people who lost their lives after demanding encounters with the criminal justice gadget, including Sandra Bland and Kalief Browder.

“I referred to as around, and I found out that no one changed into marking the moment,” stated the march organizer, Marsha Reid, “and that seemed stunning and a bit unhappy to me considering the relevance of the modern-day moment … So I did it.”

There changed into no march down Fifth Avenue, although. The town might now not provide access to the street in which Trump Tower now sits, and wherein Donald Trump claimed last summer that he may want to shoot someone in wide daylight hours and no longer lose any citizens. Instead, individuals numbering no more than one hundred clustered among police obstacles on Sixth Avenue with their posters even as a marching band played Sam Cooke’s A Change Is Gonna Come and SpottieOttieDopaliscious by using OutKast.

The authentic march addressed a fix of grievances to then-president Woodrow Wilson. Reid started her march become not requesting some thing particularly.

“There’s no demand as such,” she stated, “but merely reiterating the need for retaining this in everyone’s consciousness.”

There was a minor flurry in the first half when a pitch invader headed in Wenger’s direction, but the Arsenal manager was unfazed by it all. “I saw the stewards firmly caught him, and I just said ‘calm down.’ He looked like he wanted to talk to me. I tried to know what he wanted to tell me.”

Presumably, he was not inquiring about Sánchez’s health. However, the ongoing questions about Arsenal’s livewire attacker will be fully put to bed only once he is long out of his and the transfer window finally closes.