By Will Butcher
Chilean Alexis Sanchez has been given the captain’s armband for Tuesday’s World Cup qualifier against Bolivia.
The 27-year-old has already won more than 100 caps for his country, after making his 101st national appearance against Paraguay on Friday in a 2-1 loss.
Chile announced that the former Barcelona man would be wearing the armband via their official Twitter account, as Gary Medel and Claudio Bravo are unavailable to play.
— Selección Chilena (@LaRoja) September 5, 2016
The translation of La Roja’s tweet says: “Pizzi: ‘Yes, the captain for tomorrow will be Alexis Sanchez.'”
Manager Juan Antonio Pizzi revealed that he would be giving Sanchez the responsibility during a press conference on Tuesday, with Arsenal’s number seven ready to lead the likes of Arturo Vidal, Eduardo Vargas and Mauricio Isla.
The former Udinese forward moved to North London back in 2014, after falling down the pecking order to Barcelona’s astounding front three Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar.
Since his £31.7million move to the Emirates, Sanchez has scored 43 goals during 96 league and cup encounters, adding another 25 in assists.
Arsenal have made an indifferent start to the season, picking up just one win from their opening three fixtures. Arsene Wenger’s men did record their first win of the season against Watford last weekend, but have lost to Liverpool and drawn against Leicester.
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