Mikel Arteta blocks Alexis Sanchez’s return to Arsenal

According to the Chilean press, Alexis Sanchez wants to return to Arsenal on a free transfer in the summer of 2023 but coach Mikel Arteta has prevented it.

Alexis Sanchez was one of Marseille’s standout players last season, scoring 17 goals in all competitions to help the French side finish third in Ligue 1. The 34-year-old will be out of contract with Marseille at the end of the month. , the French club is keen to extend the contract for another season with the player born in 1988.

Marseille president Pablo Longoria said: “We want to keep Sanchez because he has given us so much. We are talking to his agent, we will offer him a better contract than the one he had last season.”

Arteta refuses to bring Sanchez back to Arsenal

According to Chilean newspaper La Tercera, Sanchez still wants to play in the Champions League and has turned down an offer to play in the Saudi Pro League. The source said Sanchez’s agent has called coach Mikel Arteta directly to discuss the possibility of returning to Arsenal this summer.

However, Arteta quickly turned down an offer from the Chilean’s agent. He insisted the former team-mate did not fit his plans at the Emirates Stadium. Before that, Sanchez had nearly 4 years playing for Arsenal, winning the FA Cup with the London team. 

Sanchez then made a surprise move to Manchester United in January 2018. But the Chilean did not make an impact at Old Trafford. Sanchez joined Inter 19 months later and won both Serie A and Coppa Italia during his time in Serie A. 

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