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Alexis Sánchez's spell at Arsenal has run its course says fans

In Chile, the general consensus is that the time has come for the Chilean centre-forward to seek pastures new - away from the Emirates Stadium
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Alexis Sánchez's spell at Arsenal has run its course says fans

Protest in the streets

Thousands of football fans from Chile have organised a march, asking Alexis Sánchez to leave Arsenal due to a perceived lack of support at the Premier League club. Chilean supporters have used Facebook to promote the protest, which will take place in capital city Santiago on 1 March.

The event, which has been named: 'The National March for Alexis Sanchez to leave Arsenal' - already has over 4,000 fans expected to take part.

The protest comes in the wake of Arsenal's humilitaing 5-1 thrashing by Bayern Munich in the first leg of their Champions League Last 16 tie on Wednesday, with former Barcelona star Alexis, scoring the Gunners' only goal but cutting a lonely figure afterwards amid uncertainty over his future. The Chilean has been deliberating over his contract, which is due to expire at the end of next season.

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Fed up

That is proving all too much for those back home in Chile. "We, as Chileans are tired of watching one of our biggest stars play on his own to make his team get through," a description of the event said on Facebook. "We don't want him to play at Real Madrid, nor to go back to Barcelona, we don't give a f*** where he plays, we just want him to fight along with 10 other players to get the results. He doesn't deserve to be alone."

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Top scorer

Alexis, who escaped to seek refuge in Italy following the Bayern game, is the Premier League's top goal scorer with 17 goals, one more than nearest rival, Everton's Romelu Lukaku. In recent weeks, Paris Saint-Germain and Atlético Madrid have been linked with the Arsenal striker.