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Alexis Sanchez tweets Neymar ahead of Brazil versus Chile

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Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez has tweeted a message to welcome former Barcelona team-mate Neymar to north London ahead of the forthcoming international match between Brazil and Chile at the Emirates Stadium this weekend.

The South American sides meet each other in a showpiece friendly fixture on Sunday evening, giving Gunners fans the opportunity to see some of the world's best players in action.

In addition to Sanchez, eagle-eyed supporters will be hoping to catch a glimpse of January signing Gabriel Paulista making his debut for the Selecao, if selected following his late call-up as a replacement for injured defender David Luiz.

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It will represent the first meeting between the two countries since last summer's World Cup finals, which saw the tournament hosts advance at the expense of Sanchez's side following a penalty shootout victory in the first knockout stage.

The Chileans will be hoping to avenge that defeat by beating the Brazilians in England in a few days time, whilst also laying down a marker ahead of the Copa America which takes place in Sanchez's homeland at the end of the 2014/15 campaign.

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Arsene Wenger will just be hoping to avoid possible injury setbacks to any of his senior players that are away from London Colney during the international break, and will be hoping all his first-team stars report back with a clean bill of health for the important end-of-season run-in.

The Gunners currently occupy third spot in the Premier League table one point behind reigning champions Manchester City in second place. However, with a seven-point deficit between themselves and runaway leaders Chelsea - who also have a game in hand - their chances of clinching the domestic title remain slim.

With a player like Neymar in their ranks this season perhaps Arsenal would've been able to get closer to Jose Mourinho's side, but the fact he is excelling at Camp Nou as part of an attacking triumvirate that includes Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez it's unlikely he'll be leaving the Catalan giants anytime soon.

Wenger will have to make the most of a rare opportunity to see the Samba star gracing the Emirates pitch, and will take comfort in the fact he can just enjoy what the 23-year-old has to offer without worrying about the prospective damage that Neymar's intricate skills and unpredictable flair threatens to do to his opponents this weekend.

Arsenal fans: Do you think Arsene Wenger has any chance of signing Neymar in the future? Could Alexis Sanchez convince his former team-mate to move to the Emirates? Have your say below…

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