How Arsenal players have been treating Alexis Sanchez since row with Wenger

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Arsenal's search to replace Alexis Sanchez this summer has begun.

Rumour has it the Chilean wants to leave the Emirates Stadium following a miserable season that reached boiling point in a recent bust-up with Arsene Wenger.

Wenger, as you would expect, has since denied any row with his star player but the writing appears to be on the wall.

Sanchez has cut a very frustrated figure in recent months by throwing his gloves on the floor in anger after the Bournemouth game and then sulking on the bench against Swansea City.

Reports of arguments with teammates behind the scenes certainly haven't helped, with Sanchez's peers said to be growing tired of his aggressive behaviour.

Even Wenger admitted last week that the 27-year-old's behaviour is sometimes "excessive".

"Sometimes his behaviour is excessive," he said, per the Times. "All the rest, his attitude - he's a committed player and sometimes has excessive behaviours.

"But you have that many times in the history of every squad."

Another update from the Arsenal camp, per the Mirror, has now emerged detailing how the players have been treating Sanchez since his training ground argument with Wenger.

According to an inside source, Arsenal's players have sided with their manager and are now keeping their distance from Sanchez because of how he's behaving.

"Alexis is being moody and disruptive and it’s getting to the rest of the squad," the source said.

As a result, Sanchez is reportedly a pretty lonesome figure in the dressing room at present, which has only added to his frustrations.

Where potential replacements are concerned, Arsenal are said to be tracking the likes of Marco Reus, Yannick Carrasco and Alexandre Lacazette.

But they'll have to pay a lot more for the trio than what they sell Sanchez for given the Chile international's contract expires in under 18 months' time.

Credit where it's due, Sanchez hasn't let his recent situation affect his motivation on the football pitch and continues to work extremely hard.

He grabbed his 21st goal of the season against non-League side Lincoln City on Saturday during Arsenal's 5-0 win in the FA Cup quarter-finals.

After picking up the ball some 40-yards out, Sanchez dribbled past two players before curling a lovely effort into the bottom-right corner.

A second FA Cup title since joining Arsenal could yet be on the cards for Sanchez, but even that might not be enough to convince him of staying in the summer.

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