Arsene Wenger has conceded that the blame would lie at Arsenal’s door should UEFA decide to take action after Alexis Sanchez failed to attend a drugs test on the day of his Manchester United medical.
In his press conference, Wenger said the test was scheduled before the long-protracted transfer officially went through therefore he was still under contract at Arsenal.
Wenger labelled the situation a ‘admin’ issue for the Gunner’s failure to notify UEFA of the transfer as well as their failure to notify Sanchez of the test.
UEFA have proven in the past to be extremely strict on players for failing to take a drugs test however Sanchez is unlikely to face action after it’s been stated the case is not being considered in the same category as the Rio Ferdinand incident in 2003 that led to an eight-month ban for the England defender.
Arsenal are likely to face a similar punishment to Manchester City and Bournemouth who were previously fined for whereabouts violations last season.
Sanchez meanwhile is free to make his Manchester United debut tonight in their fourth-round tie away at League Two Yeovil.
Sanchez was pictured boarding the team plane alongside surprise inclusion, 17-year-old midfielder Angel Gomes, as he looks to earn some minutes alongside his new teammates before the midweek clash against Tottenham.