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Arsène Wenger has given special dispensation to Alexis Sánchez to stay in Chile as he recovers from an ill-timed bout of flu. The Arsenal forward, who was originally due to return to England to rejoin the squad this weekend, has an extension until Tuesday. Sánchez’s instagram selfie – wrapped in a scarf with his bottom lip out as if he felt very sorry for himself while cuddling his dog for comfort – did not look like the most convincing sickie ever but Wenger had a message for the doubters: “Your job is to be suspicious. Your job is built on mistrust and my job is built on trust. That’s why I prefer my side,” he quipped.
Manager and player have exchanged messages in the past couple of days. “I had him on text yesterday, he will come back as soon as possible,” Wenger added. “We were in touch with him and his doctor. There is no basic problem.