Arsenal star Alexis Sanchez has taken to Twitter to deny a shocking recent newspaper report claiming he allowed his friends to film him having sex with former partner Valentina Roth.
The relationship between Sanchez and Roth reportedly broke down after his friends were spotted filming from a bedroom wardrobe, with the latter understandably angered by the ordeal.
“Maybe Alexis thinks it’s funny to film a woman he’s making love to, but I bet he’d be furious if someone did the same to his mum or his sister,” she was quoted as saying by the Metro. “I felt totally violated. He is immature and average.”
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But several days after these reports emerged, Sanchez has had his say, categorically denying Roth’s version of events via a statement published on his official Twitter account.
“Lately a lot has been said about something that is supposed to have happened at my house in Santiago,” he wrote. “This story is FALSE.”
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Sanchez angered by allegations
The Chile international added: “Never in my life have I disrespected that person nor any other woman. I beg you all to consider my professional career as well as that of the lady that invented that story, and reach your own conclusions.
“This is the only time I will refer to this topic.”
Important for Sanchez to deny rumours
The 26-year-old has been a superb signing for Arsenal, having scored 19 goals in his first 39 appearances for the Gunners since completing his £35 million transfer from Barcelona last summer.
But these latest reports do not reflect well on either himself, nor Arsenal, which is why it was imperative he broke his silence - even if the rumours prove to be, as the player states, inaccurate.
Arsenal fans will hope these latest rumours haven’t distracted Sanchez on the pitch. The goals have dried up for the South American since the turn of the New Year; just three of his 13 Premier League goals have been scored since January 1.
Sanchez at serious risk of burnout
Many believe Sanchez has been in desperate need of a well-deserved rest and expected him to be benched in favour of Theo Walcott for last week’s 2-1 win over Queens Park Rangers at Loftus Road.
However, Sanchez played the full 90 minutes in both that match and Monday night’s 2-1 victory over Manchester United in the FA Cup quarter-finals.
Having already established his status as Arsenal’s most important attacking player, Sanchez is likely to receive too many opportunities to rest by Wenger between now and the end of the season.
Then in the summer he must travel back to Chile for the 2015 Copa America, before another gruelling Premier League campaign and a second Copa America in as many years in the summer of 2016.
Olivier Giroud reveals that he and his teammates have nicknamed Sanchez ‘Duracell’ on account of his unparalleled energy, but the player risks suffering from burnout unless Wenger manages him correctly over the forthcoming weeks and months.
Arsenal fans: do you feel Sanchez is in need of a rest? Have your say in the comments below!