Arsene Wenger has revealed that one of his key stars is currently in a ‘very difficult mind’ heading into this weekend’s fixture.
The Gunners are gearing up for a trip to Watford after managing to win three of their last four games in the Premier League.
Alexis Sanchez, who scored 30 goals in all competitions last season, has had a stop-start campaign thus far after his collapsed move to Manchester City ahead of the transfer deadline.
And Wenger has revealed that the 28-year-old will be returning from international duty even more frustrated following Chile’s failure to qualify for next year’s World Cup.
“He is as well in a very difficult mind. Chile just won the Copa America twice and now they don’t even go to the World Cup,” the Arsenal manager said
“Sanchez is 29 at the end of the year, so the next one he will be 33. He expected to go. Certainly (it is)] a big disappointment for him.”
Wenger added: “But I believe to play at the top level as well, it is part of dealing with that kind of disappointment.”