Arsenal’s first team squad have travelled to Austria for a four day training camp ahead of the Emirates Cup, but new boy Alexis Sanchez hasn’t made the journey.
The Chilean international had been expected to travel to the Bad Waltersdorf retreat on the outskirts of Graz but has had to divert to Paris to resolve a work visa issue.
The £32 million signing from Barcelona is instead due at London Colney tomorrow and will train alone until Thursday when he’ll link-up with his new teammates.
“I don’t think Sanchez will come to Austria,” Wenger told press at the weekend.
“He has to go to Paris to get a visa, so he will only go to London Colney on Tuesday and we come back on Thursday, so he will work in London.”
The youthful squad that ventured Stateside last weekend have been bolstered by other returning World Cup stars with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Olivier Giroud and Laurent Koscielny all back from holiday. Of further interest is the presence of new boys Mathieu Debuchy and Calum Chambers, as well as LANS Joel Campbell. It’s expected that David Ospina will arrive in Austria tomorrow.
“The real work starts now,” said Arsene Wenger of the next four days. “Then it’s the Emirates Cup this weekend. The problem is our preseason will be very short; these post World Cup years are a nightmare for us because we have no preparation.”
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