Add to that back-to-back defeats in the World Cup qualifiers, Chilean pundits calling him "overweight" and Sanchez could be forgiven for wanting to disappear into a darkened room with only a bottle of Jack Daniels for company. I am sure Javier Tebas had some doubts and he was able to talk with Ferran.
"But he is strong mentally and hopefully he will be back very quickly to his best".
Ferdinand, who played for Manchester United from 2002 to 2014, says all these players can still be welcomed back by their teammates, but it depends on their professionalism.
"The amount of money is completely disconnected to reality and the truth".
He spent the transfer deadline with the 28-year-old while on international duty and has spoken about the frustration Alexis felt as the deal fell through.
"The transfer didn't happen because a player didn't go to Arsenal and everything collapsed".
Howecer, Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis believes his club showed ambition during the summer. We just have to reflect that the transfer window in England will be closed sooner than in Europe.
"Are they half in and half out?"
Wenger admitted that Monaco man Thomas Lemar turned down a chance to join up at The Emirates; amidst reports the north London bid £92 million for him. At some stage, you have make a decision to sacrifice one or two.
That, now, is the key to understanding soccer's transfer market.
However, the manager sees the situation as difficult to overcome, as it means inflated prices for players who are not difference makers.
"At first I thought that he had hit him in the hip, but then I saw clearly that he got him with the face". We are here to entertain people.
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