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Huge Arsenal blow as latest Alexis Sanchez development leaves Gunners with only one option Alexis Sanchez
Kristopher Love | 29 June, 2017, 09:09

Neither Juan Antonio Pizzi nor Marcelo Diaz are anxious that Alexis Sanchez has lost focus due to his uncertain future at club level.

Asked about the 28-year-old's state of mind on Tuesday, Pizzi responded: "We think he is very happy".

"After the last games, maybe one or two people in this tournament respect us more than before because I think we've played a really good tournament up to now", he said.

Chile's Alexis Sanchez in action with Germany's Lars Stindl at the Kazan Arena, Kazan, Russia.

Can said winning the Confederations Cup would be a "big achievement" and added: "You can see the quality in the team on the pitch".

Coach Juan Antonio Pizzi suggested the demand for Sanchez is a boost to his self-esteem, saying: "We suppose he is very happy because he is going through a very special situation and I think everybody would like to be in this situation because the best clubs in the world want to have him in their squads". I know him very well. "Right now he feels very comfortable and he's committed to the national team".

Alexis' future will not be decided until after Chile's involvement in the Confederations Cup, where Chile tackle European champions Portugal on Wednesday evening in the semi-finals. "We'll try to stop him and reduce the space he has to move in. try to avoid that he gets the ball and scores".

Both player have just 12 months remaining on their contract, leading to speculation that they could be headed for a summer exit.

How could Arsenal line up next season?

"I've said this a lot".

The midfielder said he is looking forward to the team's tour of China, his first visit since being with former club Real Madrid, and admits he was taken aback by the reception he received on his last trip.