Chile were left sweating over the fitness of Alexis Sanhez after it was reported that the player picked up a hamstring injury.
But Sanchez quickly returned to training with his national team and Wenger described the decision of Pizzi, the coach of Chile, as a suicidal.
However, Sanchez recented admitted that he gets “upset and sad” whenever he’s rested by Wenger. Sanches also sent a message to Wenger before he took to the field at the Estadio Nacional in the early hours of this morning.
“Be so strong that no one can hurt you, so remarkable that no one can offend you, so humble that everyone can admire you and so original that nobody can imitate you just be you…” he wrote on Instagram yesterday afternoon along with a picture of him celebrating a goal for Chile.
A few hours later he added a post saying: “I love to see other people happy and succeed. Life is a journey, not a competition,” next to a picture of himself and his Chile team-mates in training.
Sanchez’s positive updates were then followed by an incredible personal display to help Chile beat Uruguay and move up to fourth in their South America 2018 World Cup qualification table.
Sanchez started the game despite being seen with his thigh heavily strapped in training, but put any injury fears to one side to score two key goals and earn three points for Chile to put them one step closer to playing at the tournament in Russia.