By Tony Hughes
As Arsenal were making hard work of their Champions League match with Ludogorets in Bulgaria, it was announced that Alexis Sanchez has been accused of tax fraud from his time at Barcelona – and fans have taken to Twitter to make light of the charge.
A report in The Sun claims that the charges relate to a period at Barcelona between 2012 and 2013, and it was reported that he’s alleged to owe £888,340 to the Spanish authorities and could face jail.
Sanchez would be the fifth player from Barcelona to be drawn into the tax scandal, after Lionel Messi, Javier Mascherano, Adriano and Samuel Eto’o were also investigated.
Messi and Mascherano both got jail sentences but as they were under two years in length, they were served on probation.
That means it’s unlikely that Sanchez will face actual jail time, but it will be a distraction the club could do without after a fine start to the new season.
Sanchez in particular is in excellent form, with six goals in ten Premier League games and eight in 14 across all competitions.
Arsenal fans reacted with disbelief on Twitter, with some making mention of the supposed ‘November curse’ that strikes the club. Others found humour in the situation, although we’re not sure the player will find it so funny.
Here is a selection of their tweets:
Great, just as Sanchez starts to bang in goals, he gets dragged into courts for tax evasion, lovely jubbly..
Blame the dogs alexis
— Woody (@woodysirish) November 1, 2016
ALEXIS SANCHEZ PAYS TAX WHEN HE WANTS
— The Northern Gooner® (@1NorthernGooner) November 1, 2016
How it just said alexis Sanchez faces investigation of tax fraud and could end up looking at prison ..Anything to stop our title challenge ?
— ManLikeBaz (@Harry_Jayes96) November 1, 2016
Might have to have a whip round to pay Sanchez tax bill then…
— Jon Burgess (@jabscab) November 1, 2016
Sanchez goes to prison for tax evasion then I'll bake him a cake with a file in it
— Karen Öllier (@kazslater13) November 1, 2016
Can't Sanchez say his dog done his tax returns?? ??it worked for Harry!!!
— ITS HAPPENED AGAIN!! (@dolby_mark14) November 1, 2016
I bet Alexis Sanchez has bank accounts in his dogs' names and it's not even a tax hustle. He's just giving his dogs money.
— Ross Ackery (@rossackery) November 1, 2016
Also, thanks BT for letting us all know about Sanchez and his tax fraud. He’s gonna go prison, lol ??
— Aqeel Butt (@AqeelButt93) November 1, 2016
— Julian Nicholas (@EmbyMby) November 1, 2016
Bruh! Sanchez avoiding Tax! FFS November is always shit for Arsenal.
— Fizzybig (@TheRealFizzybig) November 1, 2016
In other Arsenal news, Rio Ferdinand has given this positive assessment of the Arsenal defence.