Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez was named Copa America Centenario Player of the Tournament after leading Chile to a successful defence of the trophy. The former Barcelona man has been outstanding this summer, scoring and creating five goals in six games for the champions.
He made the Copa America Centenario Best XI along with seven other Chile players and three Argentinean faces. Arsenal will be delighted to see their key players looking in such fantastic form ahead of the new season, but they won’t be happy to see his recent excursions leading to an injury that might infringe on pre-season.
Sanchez recently revealed a swollen ankle in the aftermath of Chile’s penalty shootout win against Argentina in the final which could well see him out of action for a portion of July. The injury occurred just four minutes into the final, with Gabriel Mercado standing on his left ankle, but Sanchez lasted 100 more minutes before being brought off in extra time.
😢 🇨🇱🏆… Aguanté todo lo que pude…y valió la pena!!! Muy feliz 😀 pic.twitter.com/vMd24DwZPw
— Alexis Sánchez (@Alexis_Sanchez) June 27, 2016
“I soldiered on for as long as I could, and it was worth it! So happy,” said a buoyant Sanchez after the final, but the news won’t be met with such optimism from Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger. A lot has been expected of the forward in the coming season given his struggles in 2015/16, but he’s likely to be set back for a number of weeks.