Uruguay international Jorge Fucile slams Arsenal's Alexis Sanchez, calls him 'mentally weak'

Club Nacional defender Jorge Fucile is not a big fan of Arsenal superstar Alexis Sanchez.

Uruguay international defender Jorge Fucile has lifted the lid on his on-field battle with Arsenal’s Alexis Sanchez, telling reporters for the Spanish paper AS that the Chilean is 'mentally weak'.

In a rather scrappy Copa America quarter-final clash between Chile and Uruguay, tempers flared between the South American rivals, and the visitors were eventually reduced to nine men.

First, Edinson Cavani was sent off after reacting aggressively to Gonzalo Jara’s provocation, while defender Fucile was later dismissed just before full-time for a second bookable offence - with Sanchez in close attendance.

The Gunners favourite had been drawing fouls all evening and letting the referee know of Uruguay’s alleged roughhouse tactics. Fucile, however, saw the incidents somewhat differently.

“I touched the ball first, any other forward would have jumped in that moment. It seems that he [Sanchez] is mentally weak. When the match was 0-0, he was missing in action,” Fucile told AS.

“We talked during the match, but what happens on the pitch, stays on the pitch. I don't know what you call this kind of person. I can only say that his legs were shaking.

“The worst part was when he was near my area and he said: 'Mr. Ref, he's kicking me, he's kicking me'. The official told him: 'You are doing your work, they're doing theirs'."

Physical Battles:

Similarly to the Premier League, the Copa America was a physical battle where the tournament’s leading playmakers, such as Lionel Messi and Alexis Sanchez, were the victims of tough tackling.

The Chile international took to English football like a duck to water last season, scoring plenty of goals and helping the Arsene Wenger’s men notch their second FA Cup triumph in succession.

However, the Copa America in Chile was arguably even more gruelling, as referee’s protection was less evident and the state of the pitches meant games tended to be more stop-start.

Sanchez, playing in the biggest tournament of his career to date, naturally attempted all he could to gain his nation an advantage, with Fucile’s comments ultimately coming across as extremely bitter.

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