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Francis Coquelin reveals the truth behind Alexis Sanchez dividing Arsenal dressing room

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From an Arsenal perspective at the moment, Alexis Sanchez is arguably public enemy number one.

After flirting with Manchester City for most of 2017, the Chilean superstar has completely abandoned any intention of extending his contract and appears to be off to Manchester United.

He will sign the biggest contract in Premier League history and most Arsenal fans will be happy to see the saga come to a close.

There have been talks of Sanchez's desire to leave the Emirates disrupting the dressing room, with a report from the Evening Standard stating that Arsenal's squad wanted the deal done before this weekend due to 'rising tensions'.

Seems like it will be a good thing when he's finally gone for the squad, right?

Well, one man disagrees with that theory; Francis Coquelin.

The Frenchman bid farewell to the Emirates in this window, signing for Valencia in a £12m deal and the midfielder has dismissed any claims that the squad were against Sanchez during his time at the club.

COQUELIN SPEAKS OUT

Speaking to the BBC, he said: "Well, you know Alexis Sanchez, he's quality on the pitch, he's someone who can produce something magical, he's a top player.

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"I hear of things that the dressing room wasn't getting on well with him, well I don't really know where that came from.

"Sometimes that's what people say when we've got a great player we talk about ego, but you know he's someone who is always keen to work and I didn't have any problem with him and the squad don't have a problem.

"The only problem is the uncertainty surrounding him, because they probably don't want to know what next week is going to be and if they're going to be here or not.

"But that's what the transfer window is all about."

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So there you have it, maybe reports of Sanchez disrupting the Arsenal camp were false.

Of course, it will probably be better for the squad's mentality when he does finally jump ship, but it is probably likely he will be missed.

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Arsenal
Arsene Wenger
Manchester United
Premier League
Alexis Sanchez
Francis Coquelin
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