Alexis Sanchez is having a tough time of late.
His misery at club level is clear to see by the manner in which he throws his hands in the air every time one of his Arsenal teammates misplaces a pass, and many believe that he will exit the club in the summer due to how unenjoyable this season has been.
But he can't change his national team and, although we're positive he wouldn't want to as he surely loves playing for Chile, things aren't going too well on the international stage right now either. A 1-0 loss away to Argentina on Thursday was a blow for Chile's hopes of World Cup qualification and they now lie in sixth place in the 10-team South American table.
At the full-time whistle, a clearly frustrated Sanchez threw a strop and stormed off the pitch, despite pleas from his teammates to follow them over to the Chile fans to thank them for their support. This did not go down well with the players, and according to Chilean sports site emol.com, they confronted the Arsenal man in the dressing room to let him know that sort of behaviour isn't going to fly.
Alexis immediately went to the dressing rooms and although [the Chile players] shouted at him to stay - perhaps he did not listen -, the attacker continued on his way with his head down. The reaction of the Arsenal player annoyed his teammates, as a source from inside the team said; "they made him see that they understood his anger, but that people [Chile fans] deserved at least a farewell as a thank you for the support." "There were no fights or anything, but a demonstration that the fan is not to blame for the defeat."
He's a passionate player, Sanchez, and while his demonstrations of his anger can come off as childish, at least it shows that he cares, but it seems that a lack of respect for the fans was a step too far for those that wear the national team badge with him. It's not like playing for Chile is particularly frustrating, as the following photo was taken last summer when they won Copa America for the first time:
It looks especially bad for him when someone like Arturo Vidal, who was not playing in the match, still made the effort to go over and thank the Chile fans.
At Arsenal, there have been reports that Laurent Koscielny had a strong word with Sanchez after an incident at training, so it's clear that it's not just a case of the former Barcelona man being fed up with life at the London club.