By Alex Silvestri-Getty ImagesArsenal’s summer recruitment of Alexis Sanchez was one of the most highly-anticipated signings of the transfer window, with the Gunners hopeful of bringing the 22-year-old back to their ranks for the 2016-17 campaign.
However, Sanchez’s return has been delayed, with a number of factors preventing the Spain international from returning to Arsenal.
Despite Sanchez’s initial promise of a major return to the Emirates, the former Barcelona and Real Madrid man is still recovering from a hamstring injury which kept him out of the final Champions League group stage tie against Borussia Dortmund.
It is understood Sanchez’s recovery will take a while, and he may be out of action until mid-December, which means the Gunner have had to wait until the transfer deadline to sign him.
Sanchez was a target for the Gunters in January after scoring 24 goals in all competitions for Barcelona, including nine in the Copa del Rey final.
However his injury-riddled campaign has forced the club to take a wait-and-see approach with Sanchez.
While it was thought that the Guners would bring the player back in the summer, Sanchez has instead opted to remain in Spain, with Arsene Wenger reportedly keen to bolster his attacking options.
The Gunners have had a number for Alexis Sanchez over the last few seasons, but he has only made one appearance in all competition this term.
He scored his first goal in the 2-0 win over Manchester United in the Premier League last month.
However the Gunse have struggled to find any consistency at the heart of their attack this term, with Olivier Giroud, Aaron Ramsey, Alexis Sanchez and Danny Welbeck all missing out on games against Everton and Stoke.