The Chilean superstar’s contractual standoff is still ongoing, with Arsenal thought to be keen to keep the former Barcelona forward for the final year of his deal, rather than selling him to either PSG or Manchester City.
But as we told you previously, it seems that perhaps Sanchez himself isn’t too keen to get back playing.
Two weeks ago, he delayed returning to pre-season training because he claimed to be suffering from the flu, and now he appears to have been struck down by another mystery ailment:
BREAKING NEWS: Alexis Sanchez to miss Arsenal's Premier League opener against Leicester with abdominal strain. #SSN
— Sky Sports News (@SkySportsNews) August 9, 2017
Genuine or not, it seems the bulk of supporters are refusing to believe that Sanchez is genuinely injured:
Sanchez injured ? pretty sure fabregas,van persie and Henry all were before they left too pic.twitter.com/hO5l9d3Mhj
— Sonny Turnbull (@iamSonnyT) August 9, 2017
So Sanchez has flu, Perez is injured, Gibbs is ill. Is it really necessary to keep telling fibs ?
— Martin Wengrow (@MartinWengrow) July 30, 2017
— Reggie. (@MatasLeftFoot8) August 9, 2017
— Liam (@Sanogod_) August 9, 2017
Alexis Sanchez 'injured' again and will miss the season opener. Must be on his way out?
— Joee (@Joeeev92) August 9, 2017
Really really sceptical about this Alexis sudden injuries.. Don't think he is injured.
— Emilus (@naijaGunner90) August 9, 2017
Alexis "injured" yeah ok. ??
— AFC GLEN (@AFC_GLEN) August 9, 2017
Could we get rid of the asshole that is @Alexis_Sanchez! He's "injured" now. Good thing we saved him from rotting away on Barca's bench.
— Arsenal Things (@GunnerThings101) August 9, 2017
What do you think? Is Sanchez simply trying to keep himself fit for a potential new club?