Arsenal star Alexis Sanchez cut a dejected figure as he walked through Heathrow airport after his side’s crushing 5-1 Champions League defeat at the hands of Bayern Munich.
The Chilean international, passport in hand and dressed all in black, looked tired as he walked through the terminal to board a flight after being granted a break following the nightmare in Munich, and is unlikely to take part in the Gunners’ FA Cup fifth round clash with Sutton United.
Sanchez pulled Arsenal back into the tie on Wednesday evening as he converted the rebound from his own penalty miss to level at 1-1 at the Allianz Arena.
But Arsene Wenger’s side capitulated in the second half following the loss of captain Laurent Koscielny as they conceded four without reply to effectively end the tie before the second leg at The Emirates.
Sanchez’s frustration was clear on the pitch from early on in Munich, as he berated his fellow forwards for failing to close down the Bundesliga champions at the back quickly enough.
The South American could be seen throwing his hands around in frustration in the second half as the crisis deepened, hugging the left touchline and gesturing to where he felt the ball should have been played.
The actions of their star player will raise further questions as to whether Sanchez sees his future at the north London club.
The former Barcelona forward has less than 18 months left on his contract and with the player visibly frustrated yet again – as he was after last year’s 3-3 draw with Bournemouth.
With no sign of a new deal being signed, it is increasingly likely that Sanchez may be seeking pastures new come the end of the season.
Arsenal’s miserable night was compounded on Thursday morning with reports suggesting that Arsene Wenger’s future would be considered by the board at the end of the season.
While Sanchez looks set to miss out on the FA Cup trip to Gander Green Lane, the 28-year-old is certain to be back in the squad for the vital trip to Liverpool in the Premier League as Wenger’s side look to keep their top four ambitions and faint title hopes alive.