Alexis Sanchez not in Arsenal squad for Bournemouth

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Alexis Sanchez has not travelled with the team today as Arsenal prepare to face Bournemouth in the Premier League.

The Chilean’s future has been in serious doubt over the last few days, with Man City and Man Utd both interested, and with Arsene Wenger admitting he’s ready to sell the 29 year old forward.

Danny Welbeck is set to be given the nod again as the Gunners look for three important points, but now it’s a matter of where Sanchez is going, not if he’s going.

Most of the Arsenal based journalists, including John Cross of the Mirror and David Hytner of the Guardian are saying that United look favourites for his signature.

That would seriously annoying, but perhaps there’s something to be read into the fact all of them have basically the same info. It depends where that info is coming from.

Would Arsenal putting out the possibility of a sale to United then make his departure to City more palatable? Perhaps that’s a stretch, but it’s also hard to see Arsene Wenger sanction a sale to Jose Mourinho.

Either way, it looks like we’ve seen the last of Alexis in an Arsenal shirt, so let’s hope we have enough to cope without him today, and we bring in someone who can make the kind of impact we need.

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