Alexis Sanchez’s Instagram post has provided a huge boost to Arsenal fans.
The Gunners contract rebel was desperate to join league rivals Manchester City and came close to leaving Arsenal on transfer deadline day – with his fed up team-mats also wanting him out of the club last week.
And now the Chilean superstar faces an uphill task to win back the trust of his team-mates.
His Gunners team-mates fear that his return would gradually waken the morale in the dressing room, with the Chilean keeping distance from the rest of the squad after wanting to part ways with the club on deadline day last week.
Sanchez lacked the intent to fight and looked completely lost during Arsenal’s humiliating 4-0 loss to Liverpool before the International break.
His team-mates were disappointed with the chaotic atmosphere at the club during the final few days of the summer transfer window and wanted Sanchez to follow Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain out of the club.
However, Arsene Wenger maintained his stance on Sanchez and cancelled his a £55million deadline-day move to Manchester City when the Gunners failed to rope in Monaco’s Thomas Lemar.
Sanchez has been told to see out the final year of his contract at the Emirates, but it is believed that Pep Gurdiola’s Man City will reignite their interest in the Chilean and return with a cut-price £20m bid in January.
The Chilean has entered the final 12 months in his current contract with the Gunners and is desperate to leave the North London club for Champions League football.
Sanchez was in duty for Chile last night as they suffered a disappointing 1-0 defeat against Bolivia.
But now he is back in London and on Wednesday he uploaded two photos of him donning the Arsenal shirt – captioning them “Back home” before adding the word “focus”.
The first photo shows Sanchez in his Arsenal jersey pointing his fingers towards the sky and the second one is of the Chilean celebrating with the Gunners fans after guiding the club to FA Cup glory last term.
This comes as a hug relief for the Gunners fans as they now hope that their star player will leave everything behind and focus on fighting for the title this season.
He saw his hopes of playing at next year’s World Cup finals take a hit as Chile lost in Bolivia on Tuesday.
The player vented out his frustration on Instagram on Tuesday.
He wrote: “You get tired of being criticised with reason and without reason.”
“You get tired of wanting to be defeated, you get tired of saying to yourself ‘I’ll get up again’ after crying after a defeat.”
“And you get tired of telling the world and people who are with you, that everything is going well.”
“And the worst, that no one ever realises how that makes you feel.”
“I have the No 7 of Chile on my back and it is a huge responsibility, that’s why I’m sorry that journalists and bad people criticise without knowing.”