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Was this the moment Alexis Sanchez ignored his Arsenal manager ahead of training?
The Chilean striker, whose Gunners future remains up in the air, appeared to blank his boss prior to a session at the club’s London Colney facility on Wednesday.
Wenger, who was embarking on his ritual of shaking each of his players’ hands before putting them through their paces, was acknowledged by Nacho Monreal and Mesut Ozil – but a short video clip shows Sanchez apparently walking on by.
UEFA competition rules allow media to film a segment of training sessions ahead of matches and, with Arsenal set to take on Red Star Belgrade in the Europa League on Thursday, an assortment of cameras were in place to capture the action at London Colney.
They saw Sanchez head on towards a group of his team-mates instead of approaching Wenger, though the Gunners manager did not offer his hand to his star striker and appeared to say ‘I’ve already done you’.
Wenger’s habit of greeting each of his players and staff in turn has been a staple part of Arsenal life throughout the Frenchman’s reign.
Sportsmail columnist and former Arsenal defender Martin Keown has previously explained Wenger’s ritual.
‘Wenger introduced it but I think when he first arrived he wasn’t sure who he was shaking hands with. With those glasses on he probably didn’t realise. But I thought it was a good thing,’ he said.