“I want to play Champions League football”
As soon as Alexis Sanchez came out with an opinion on his future, it seemed certain that there would be a twisting of what the Chilean superstar genuinely meant.
To recap, on Saturday, Sanchez attended a football tournament in his home town of Tocopilla.
Alexis Sanchez told the Chilean media, who judging by the video above were waiting for the Arsenal star, that he wants to play Champions League football next season.
With Arsenal in the Europa League, this looks like a good way for Alexis Sanchez to push for an exit from the Emirates.
What did Alexis Sanchez mean?
Since the interview was given in Spanish, and Arsenal fans are worried about their Chilean superstar, the words have been interpreted differently.
For some, Alexis Sanchez’s call to play in the Champions League is a clear indication he wants to leave.
Others wondered whether Sanchez came out with this himself, or was simply asked about Europe’s premier competition.
Arsene Wenger has his say
Meanwhile, whatever Alexis Sanchez says in Chile, Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is singing from a different hymn sheet.
Wenger was quizzed by journalists in Shanghai on Tuesday and reiterated that Arsenal have decided not to sell Alexis Sanchez this summer.
Wenger is widely quoted as saying: “The decision has been made and we will stick to that. The decision is not to sell.”
Wenger: “He can get us back in there”
The Arsenal boss continued: “I don’t give too much importance to things that are translated, you know. The whole interview that I got didn’t really mean that. The main focus for us is to concentrate on the Premier League and the Premier League for me today is more important than the Champions League.”
Whilst Wenger also aimed a sly comment at Sanchez: “We rested sometimes players in the Group stages of the Champions League for the Premier League so that’s become the biggest importance for us. For the rest… we played 20 years in the Champions League, that’s 17 years before Sanchez arrived and three years with him so he can get us back in there.”
At the same time, Alexis Sanchez’s agent is offering his client to Real Madrid. It will be fascinating to see how this all progresses when the Chilean returns to Arsenal at the end of July.