A knee injury suffered by Gabriel Jesus today at Crystal Palace makes that switch more likely, with bookmakers shortening the odds of Sanchez signing to 6/5.
During his post-match press conference, Pep Guardiola told reporters that he expected the 20-year-old Brazilian will be out for “one month, maybe two”.
Kevin De Bruyne, 26, was stretchered off in the goalless draw which ended City’s hopes of breaking Bayern Munich’s record of 19 consecutive wins. The Belgian’s injury, Guardiola said, was not as bad as first feared.
Sanchez is at the centre of reports that he has fallen out with the Arsenal dressing room. It’s claimed the Chilean has upset team-mates in the Gunners squad with a prima donna attitude. Cynical supporters took to social media to claim it was because he has the ‘will to win’ and effort that they lack.
Celebrations after his first goal at Selhurst Park on Thursday night fuelled the stories when it appeared that he had to motion to others to come and celebrate the goal. He was indeed doing so, but ordering celebrations with Arsenal’s travelling supporters.
Nonetheless, after Arsène Wenger criticised his striker last season following the 3 – 3 draw at Bournemouth, there’s been no let-up in the clamour for stories that the Chilean caused a fracture in the Arsenal dressing room.
Those who want him out of the club are likely to find their wish granted sooner rather than later.