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February 17, 2017
Chile fans have organised a march in the nation’s capital, Santiago, in an attempt to persuade Alexis Sanchez to leave Arsenal.
The description on the event, set to take place on March 1, reads:
We, as Chileans, are tired to watch one of our biggest stars play on his own to make his team get through.
We don’t want him to play at Real Madrid, nor go back to Barcelona, we don’t give a f–k where he plays, we just want him to fight along with 10 other players to get the results.
He doesn’t deserve to be alone.
Sanchez, 28, has over 100 caps for the Chile national team and played a key role as La Roja won the Copa America in both 2015 and 2016.
Rumours that he could depart Arsenal have been widespread for some time as he has still yet to pen a new deal with the club—his contract expires in 2017-18—per John Cross in the Mirror.
Concerns have turned to panic for Arsenal fans following the Gunners’ 5-1 UEFA Champions League humiliation against Bayern Munich on Wednesday, in which Sanchez netted the visitors’ only goal at the Allianz Arena.
Per the Sun‘s Charlie Wyett, Sanchez “let rip at team-mates” in a dressing-room bust-up following the Bayern defeat and now “plans to quit Arsenal” in the summer.
The former Barcelona man has cut a frustrated figure all season as Arsenal have, once again, declined following a positive start to the campaign—the FA Cup is now their only realistic chance of silverware in 2016-17.
Sanchez has been doing his part to try to propel Arsenal to greater things, netting 17 Premier League goals—the best tally in the division—and providing eight assists in 25 appearances in 2016-17, per WhoScored.com.
Clearly there are Chilean fans who believe he deserves to be at a club where he is better supported, and news of their protest will only contribute to Arsenal fears he could be on the verge of departure from north London.