Wenger says Arsenal to blame for Sanchez missing doping test

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Arsene Wenger has said that his club, Arsenal — not Manchester United — is responsible for Alexis Sanchez failing to comply with protocols surrounding routine testing on Monday, the day he completed his transfer between the two clubs.

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While Sanchez wasn’t schedule to give a sample for testing, according to the BBC, each club is responsible for supplying information regarding the whereabouts of each and every one of their players, particularly when one misses a training session.

With the 29-year-old Chilean’s move not yet completed when the sample collector requested information regarding Sanchez’s whereabouts, Wenger said, “On the administration side, it would still be our responsibility. On the day, he had not moved.”

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“It’s a special event for him to miss a drugs test, because he was certainly busy somewhere else … it’s just a bad day for him to be tested. … I don’t know what really happened.

“I am quite relaxed because we always try our best to cooperate with doping control. The intention of Alexis was not to hide and we have nothing to hide.”

This week’s failure to comply will go down as Sanchez’s first strike. A player is permitted two strikes during a rolling 12-month period before they are deemed to have breached the English Football Association’s rules.