Alexis Sanchez could miss the start of next season for Arsenal depending on how Chile progress in the Copa America.
The competition runs from June 11 to July 4 and FIFA rules state that clubs have to release their players for international tournaments 14 days before the start date. This could have an effect on the teams that reach the Champions League final which takes place on June 6.
For Arsenal fans this would mean losing star man Sanchez. However Arsene Wenger and Arsenal have made an agreement with the Chilean FA to ensure that he does not join up with Chile squad until after the FA Cup final at the end of this month.
Although the longer Chile's campaign goes the less time he is going to spend with his team mates during pre season, Wenger may treat him similarly to how he treated his German internationals after the World Cup and allow them extended leave to recover.
This could mean that he would miss part of the opening stages of next campaign which Arsenal fans hope will be the season they can make a serious title push.
There is always the risk of Sanchez getting injured on international duty. This is a common issue for many Gunners players in the past with injuries often a key factor in a dip in form in recent years.
Sanchez is one of the star players at the Emirates Stadium and Wenger will be looking for him to reproduce this season's form and possibly better it next term.
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