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Alexis Sanchez: I'm 'very comfortable' playing alongside Mesut Ozil

Janusz Michallik believes Alexis Sanchez's competitiveness combined with contract uncertainties play into his frustrations.
Alexis Sanchez looked visibily upset after being subbed out ten minutes from time against Swansea.
Craig Burley says Alexis Sanchez must decide if he wants to stay in his comfort zone at Arsenal or branch out elsewhere.

Alexis Sanchez says he feels "very comfortable" playing with Arsenal teammate Mesut Ozil, but is urging the German not to worry too much about scoring.

Sanchez discussed his relationship with Ozil in a video posted on Monday on Arsenal's YouTube channel, where he also reiterated that he is "really happy and comfortable at the club." However, the interview was recorded in December, well before Sanchez's recent angry outbursts after the Gunners' Premier League games at Bournemouth and Swansea.


 By Tim Vickery

China Cup title hints at promising future, sustained success for Chile

Players of Chile celebrate after winning 2017 Gree China Cup International Football Championship final match against Iceland at Guangxi Sports Center Stadium in Nanning, south China's Guangxi province on January 15, 2017.
With their golden generation aging, Chile's youngsters showed promise while winning the 2017 China Cup.

The past few years have been a golden time in the history of the Chilean national team. At last they have something to put in their trophy cabinet, winning both the 2015 Copa America and last year's Copa America Centenario.  Before that the World Cups of 2010 and '14 were their top moments, with the exception of 1962 World Cup which they hosted and finished third at.

There are two explanations for this spell of success.

One is the idea of play introduced by Marcelo Bielsa, the Argentine...

 By Tim Vickery

48-team World Cup could negatively affect South American qualifying

Gab Marcotti and Shaka Hislop join Outside the Lines and have their say at FIFA expanding the World Cup to 48 teams.
Gab Marcotti joins Outside the Lines to discuss the reasons behind moving the World Cup from 32 to 48 teams in 2026.
Shaka Hislop expresses his disapproval at FIFA's decision to expand the World Cup to 48 teams.

On the website of CONMEBOL, the South American Confederation, there is an article entitled: "From 13 teams in Uruguay 1930 to 48 in the 2026 World Cup."

It is a neat way of reminding everyone of one of the great trump cards of the South American game: its fabulous tradition. This is the continent where the World Cup began and which has won nine versions of the tournament, divided between Brazil (five wins) and Uruguay and Argentina (two apiece).

The big three has provided Barcelona with the "MSN"...

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FIFA gives Chile and Romania stadium bans, fines many Latin American FAs

Poland's Robert Lewandowski was caught in the explosion of fireworks in a game at Romania last month.

Chile and Romania have received stadium bans from FIFA, as the world governing body issued fines to a number of national football associations on Monday, including many for anti-gay chants in Latin America.

FIFA ruled that Chile will not be allowed to play their next two World Cup qualifiers at their home stadium in Santiago, while also giving out fines to Chile, Argentina, Colombia, Venezuela, Mexico and Panama "for various incidents involving unsporting conduct by fans, including homophobic chants...

Alexis Sanchez's Barcelona home seized by Spain tax office - report

Stewart Robson delves into the latest rumours surrounding Edinson Cavani, Matteo Darmian, Alexis Sanchez and Axel Witsel.

Arsenal star Alexis Sanchez has had his flat in Barcelona seized as part of an ongoing investigation by Spanish authorities into the player's alleged tax evasion, according to Spanish daily El Mundo Deportivo.

The Chile international has been accused of "actively withholding" taxes during his three seasons at Barcelona before moving to Arsenal in July 2014 and has a total debt of €3.7 million (£3.1m, $3.86m) with the Spanish Treasury.

The Barcelona-based publication claimed on Friday that...