Alexis Sanchez will not be part of the Arsenal squad which goes to Austria on their pre-season training camp.
Sanchez has to travel to Paris in the upcoming week to gain his visa, allowing him to play in England, and will miss out on training with the rest of his new team-mates as Arsene Wenger’s side step up their pre-season preparations.
Sanchez began life as an Arsenal player today, but will be left behind as the rest of Wenger's squad travel to the continent for four-days, his new boss has revealed.
“I don’t think Sanchez will come to Austria because he has to go to Paris to get a visa," Wenger said. "So he will only go so he will work in London."
The Gunners have already been in the USA during the summer and Wenger has bemoaned the demands of pre-season nowadays, with commercial obligations often being at a detriment to the players’ training regimes.
The French boss said: “Purely football reasons, the best thing to do is stay and not travel too much.” And, as such, he may not be too disappointed by Sanchez’s unavailability.
It means that the first chance that Arsenal fans will have to see their new man in action may be at the annual Emirates Cup.
The North-London club play their first game in the pre-season competition against Benfica on the 2nd August and Sanchez looks set to play a part, which will please the thousands of Arsenal fans who have bought tickets to see him in action ahead of the competitive season’s start date.
The jet-heeled Chilean’s arrival has created a sense of optimism around the Emirates that hasn’t been felt in a long time and there is hope that his arrival can turn them into genuine title challengers once again.
He scored 19 times for Barcelona last season and also had a breathtakingly good World Cup and if he maintains that sort of standard in England then Arsenal will be in a very good position to return to past glories.