Mertesacker: Alexis has done a lot for us

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Per Mertesacker says that Alexis Sanchez deserves a rest after what was an intense season for him, and that he needs time to make up his mind about his Arsenal future.

Overnight reports from Chile seem to indicate that the 28 year old would like to play Champions League football next season, but also that he’s aware Arsenal will be the ones who make the ultimate decision.

The club captain believes that last year’s top scorer has qualities that will be difficult to replace, but that he should be left alone for now,

“He needs a break now,” he said. “He needs to relax. He has done a lot for us. He played almost every game last season and then the Confederations Cup.

“You need to leave him alone to make up his mind what he wants to do. It’s his decision. If he feels good, comfortable, he can play with freedom.

“He has his qualities, you cannot find those everywhere. He has shown them and we have embraced him.”

Sanchez will return to Arsenal after the friendlies against Bayern Munich and Chelsea in China next week, at which point there are expected to be further talks between the club and his representatives.

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