Thousands of Chileans set to protest against Alexis Sanchez staying at Arsenal
Alexis Sanchez is a hero in his own country.
The 28-year-old has played 106 games for Chile and was instrumental in their back-to-back Copa America victories, being named Player of the Tournament in 2016.
But the good people of Chile aren’t happy with their national treasure’s current club.
Arsenal were embarrassed by Bayern Munich in the Champions League round of 16 first leg on Wednesday and many thought it may have been the final straw for Sanchez.
The Gunners’ top scorer has cut a frustrated figure in recent weeks among speculation that he may leave north London in the summer.
Thousands of Chileans have organised a protest march in favour of Sanchez leaving Arsenal set to take place on 1st March.
A statement on the group’s Facebook page 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*ck where he plays, we just want him to fight along with other 10 players to get the results.”
All this is bad news for Arsenal fans who are desperate to keep their star player.
With the Gunners now severely unlikely to progress to the quarter-finals of the Champions League, the FA Cup remains their last realistic trophy hope.
And perhaps their last bargaining tool in persuading Sanchez to stay.
The city of Tocopilla boasts several murals depicting their hometown hero; there’s even a street named after him.
Only Arsene Wenger could inspire a protest thousands of miles away in support of Arsenal losing their best player.
We can’t wait to see the signs.
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