The Chilean press have urged Alexis Sanchez to forget about his transfer and focus on playing for Arsenal.

In a rather surprising move, the Chilean press has stopped criticising Arsenal and telling Alexis to leave.

In his article for La Tercera, journalist Rodrigo Sepúlveda wrote that it was time for Alexis to “stop listening to all the shit” and focus on getting back to his best for Arsenal and Chile.

“His technique in speed and his imagination to create in confined spaces make him very different from the rest of the ten Reds that surround him,” he wrote.

“That’s his path, keep ringing his name in the most competitive league in the world. His real mission is to forget his transfer, stop listening to all the s*** that flies around, close his circle, work to be the best of the Premier League and bring Chile to the World Cup. The rest, in the trash”.

This change in attitude may been motivated by Chile’s recent struggles in World Cup qualifying.

They’re currently sixth in the South American qualifying section and need wins against Ecuador and Brazil if they’re to stand any chance of qualifying for Russia 2018.

Their previous two qualifiers came when Alexis was sorting out a move to Manchester City. The move didn’t happen, and Alexis’ performances were notably far below his usual standard.

Much like Arsenal, Chile need Alexis at his best if they want to get anywhere.

It seems that Alexis could be taking Sepúlveda’s advice. Since the close of the transfer window, Alexis hasn’t said or done anything that indicates he’s still thinking about his failed transfer.

Alexis will be involved in the game against Brighton on Sunday, before flying out to Chile for those vital qualifiers.

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