Alexis Sanchez is fast losing friends at the Emirates.
There is no way back for him, no matter how many goals he scores or makes before he finally gets his wish to sign for Manchester City.The damage has been done. Only four of his team-mates — Granit Xhaka, Mesut Ozil, Alexandre Lacazette and Shkodran Mustafi — celebrated with him when he scored Arsenal’s second at Selhurst Park on Thursday evening.
The rest, the boys who recognise his talent but resent his attitude, have grown tired of his antics.
Even Arsenal’s travelling fans are showing their colours, chanting for Jack Wilshere instead of Sanchez when he scored the third on 66 minutes.
He is a lone wolf around the training ground, doing his own thing and fulfilling his contractual obligations (just) in advance of his move away.
There have been times when he has been late to the training ground because he has been walking his beloved dogs, Atom and Humber, first thing in the morning.
Frenchman Arsene Wenger has never quite managed to bring him to heel.
At 67, Arsenal’s manager is old enough to be these players’ grandfather, letting them get away with murder around the place because he believes they will deliver on the pitch.