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Wenger confirms Alexis Sanchez has the flu, will return Tuesday

Chile v Australia: Group B - FIFA Confederations Cup Russia 2017

MOSCOW, RUSSIA - JUNE 25: Alexis Sanchez of Chile walks out for the FIFA Confederations Cup Russia 2017 Group B match between Chile and Australia at Spartak Stadium on June 25, 2017 in Moscow, Russia. (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)

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Much has been made of Alexis Sanchez’s summer as the Chilean front man refused a new deal at Arsenal, but manager Arsene Wenger has made it perfectly clear to the club’s supporters, as well as those outside the team, that he is still a Gunner.

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The French boss has stated that Sanchez is currently battling the flu, but Wenger expects the 28-year-old to return to training on Tuesday.

“He has flu. I had him on [the phone] through text yesterday. He will come back as soon as possible,” Wenger said following Saturday’s Emirates Cup win over Benfica.

“We were in touch with him and his doctor. He has no basic problem apart from the fact that [instead of] coming back tomorrow he comes back on Tuesday. ... He’s flying back as soon as he’s in a position to fly back. He had the flu. That’s a question of normally four or five days.”

Despite Arsenal’s clear stance on maintaining Sanchez’s services in the future, the Chilean continues to be the focal point of transfer rumors, with Manchester City a club that remains interested.

Sanchez is coming off of his most successful season as a professional, after notching 30 goals across all competitions, including 24 which came during the Premier League season.