Alexis Sanchez sought a change of scenery in the aftermath of Arsenal’s 5-1 thrashing at the hands of Bayern Munich last night by jetting off for the day on Thursday.
The Chile star was pictured at Heathrow Airport early on Thursday morning as he boarded a flight, reportedly, to Italy.
Standard Sport understands the entire Arsenal team have been given the day off following their Champions League last-16 first-leg loss at the Allianz Arena.
The squad arrived back at London Luton Airport from Munich at about 1am on Thursday morning before Sanchez headed to Heathrow a few hours later with a friend. He is expected back in training alongside the rest of the Arsenal players on Friday morning.
Sanchez, who currently leads the Premier League scoring charts with 17 goals this season, cut a dejected figure against Bayern on Wednesday night as Arsenal conceded three times in 10 second-half minutes.
The forward had earlier scored a penalty to restore parity following Arjen Robben’s stunning opener. But after the Gunners let in a further four goals in the second half, Sanchez was visibly frustrated as Arsenal suffered another heavy last-16 loss, which looks likely to see the club eliminated from this round of the competition for the seventh straight year.
Arsenal next travel to take on Sutton United in the FA Cup fifth round on Monday night.