Arsene Wenger set for further Alexis Sanchez frustration as he's named in Chile's Confederations Cup squad

Alexis Sanchez has been named in Chile’s Confederations Cup squad, in a move that will frustrate Arsene Wenger.

The Arsenal forward, 28, has been at international tournaments in each of the last three summers.

Sanchez was at the World Cup in 2014, before back-to-back Copa Americas in 2015 and 2016.

Gunners boss Wenger is aware of how dedicated to his country the ex-Barcelona man is and won’t look to pull him out, knowing that to attempt to do so would only potentially provoke Sanchez, at a time when he is contemplating his future at the club.

Sanchez loves playing for his country (Photo: REUTERS)

Sanchez took all the prizes at last summer’s Copa America Centenario (Photo: Alexis Sanchez Instagram)

But it has caused previous headaches for Wenger (Photo: Arsenal FC)

Sanchez has admitted he has been left frustrated by Arsenal’s failed title challenge this season.

“Sometimes when I look at the team we have and the players here… because when it comes to winning the Premier League we often lose or draw against teams at home when we are superior,” he said.

“Sometimes the frustration more than anything is about the fact we could be challenging for the Premier League title.”

Sanchez scored twice against Sunderland in midweek (Photo: Getty)

With just 12 months on his contract, he is a summer target for Manchester City, Bayern Munich and Chelsea.

Wenger has ruled out allowing Sanchez to leave for a Premier League rival, but not abroad and Bayern are keen for a deal around £40million.

However, the Frenchman hasn’t given up on Sanchez signing a new deal at the Emirates.

He has actively been looking to appease the Chilean in recent weeks, aware that his best chance of any kind of title push next season involves the iron-willed Sanchez.

Sanchez has bagged 23 Premier League goals this term (Photo: Reuters)

Sanchez is seen as high maintenance by the club’s coaching staff, but his on-field performances have continually showed him to be worth the extra effort needed to fully keep him happy.

However, Wenger has increasingly struggled with managing his workload this season, with Sanchez wanting to play every minute of every game. It’s largely why he was so furious at seeing Sanchez play through the pain barrier for his country back in March.

Now, with Sanchez’s fourth successive summer without a substantial break, his job just got a whole lot harder next season, if Sanchez remains.

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