By Alex Taylor

Arsenal star Alexis Sanchez will go into this weekend’s round of Premier League action as the third most travelled player during the international break, according to a report.

The Express compiled a list of the furthest distances travelled by footballers and Arsenal fans will be concerned to see their star feature near the top. 

The pacy winger joined up with Chile as they flew 7,261 miles on a gigantic return trip to face Paraguay and Bolivia in their World Cup qualifying fixtures.

Sanchez, 27, started both games for his country but failed to get on the score-sheet as his side lost 2-1 to Paraguay and drew 0-0 with Bolivia. 

The 0-0 score might have been a disappointment but Sanchez was made captain of his national side for the first time in the match.

The Arsenal forward was out-travelled only by Bournemouth pair Brad Smith and Adam Federici.

The Australian duo jetted 9,000 miles to Perth to face Iraq,  then took a brief stop-off in Abu Dhabi to play the UAE before returning to the south coast of England.

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger will be hoping one of his chief attacking threats will still be fresh and raring to go as his side enter a difficult period of fixtures in September.

The north London outfit begin the month against Southampton this weekend before traveling to France to play Paris-Saint Germain three days later.

The Gunners have faced criticism in recent years after a number of high-profile stars have been sidelined with long-term injuries .

On-loan midfielder Jack Wilshere, Santi Carzola, Per Mertesacker and Danny Welbeck have all spent significant amounts of time watching from the stands.

In other Arsenal team news, Wilshere has held talks with Wenger about signing a new three-year deal in north London when he returns from his loan spell at Bournemouth.