Sanchez left out of Arsenal squad amid transfer rumours

The omission of Alexis Sanchez from the Arsenal squad to face Bournemouth will do little to dampen suggestions the forward is set to leave.

Alexis Sanchez appears increasingly likely to seal a move in this transfer window.   -  Getty Images

Alexis Sanchez has been left out of the Arsenal squad to face Bournemouth on Sunday amid fevered speculation linking the Chile international with a move away from Emirates Stadium.

Sanchez is out of contract at the end of the season and, with no indication he is willing to agree a new deal, can leave on a free transfer in June unless the Gunners agree to sell the 29-year-old for a reduced fee this month.

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A switch to rejoin his former Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola at Manchester City fell through on deadline day in August, when Arsenal was unable to bring in Thomas Lemar from Monaco. 

And while City is still believed to be keen to sign Sanchez, Manchester United has reportedly sought to hijack his proposed move to the runaway Premier League leader.

Jack Wilshere does start for Arsenal at the Vitality Stadium after shrugging off an ankle injury sustained against Chelsea in midweek.