Alexis Sanchez is no beach bum as Arsenal star trains on sand in bid to be fit for return

Alexis Sanchez has not yet returned to Arsenal following the Copa America. On Sunday he uploaded videos to Instagram of him training on a beach. The 26-year-old missed the Barclays Asia Trophy and Emirates Cup wins.

Having won the Copa America with host country Chile, Alexis Sanchez has yet to return to club side Arsenal, having been given an extended summer break by Arsene Wenger.

But that has not prevented the man who won the FA Cup in his first campaign with the Gunners from showing his social media following that he is determined to be fighting fit by the time he rejoins his team-mates, by posting two videos as he trained on the beach.

The forward is going to miss the Gunners’ FA Community Shield clash with Chelsea on August 2 and their Premier League opener at home to London rivals West Ham on August 9.

In the first of his two Instagram videos Alexis Sanchez demonstrated his explosive strength

The 26-year-old attacker leapt well to meet a header having been fed a delivery by somebody out of shot

Sanchez timed the header well as he showed off his aerial prowess before his return to Arsenal

Sanchez timed the header well as he showed off his aerial prowess before his return to Arsenal

In the first of his two videos, Sanchez demonstrated his explosive strength as he leapt high to meet a header, while in the second, the now-topless attacker sprinted from a standing start.

So far this pre-season Sanchez has missed his north London side win back-to-back trophies and maintain a 100 per cent winning record.

They claimed the Barclays Asia Trophy in Singapore having beaten the Singapore XI 4-0 before defeating Premier League outfit Everton 3-1.

Having removed his t-shirt, the Chilean sprinted as fast as possible from a standing start

The Gunner showed off the pace which made him a nightmare for defenders in last season's Premier League

Then, on home turf, Arsenal sent out an early signal of intent that they are finally ready to challenge for the domestic league trophy, having not held it since 2004, as they thumped Lyon 6-0 and beat Wolfsburg 1-0 to lift the Emirates Cup.

Regarding the 26-year-old’s return, Wenger has said: ‘He will be back on August 3 and usually it takes three weeks to be competitive.

‘With Alexis it could be a little bit less. He will certainly miss the first game.’

Sanchez had an impressive debut season at Arsenal, after joining from Barcelona for £30million, and scored 25 goals in 52 appearances

Source: Mailonline