Arsenal star Alexis Sanchez admits he is mentally fatigued after receiving what he considers to be unfair criticism from the media in the wake of Chile’s defeat to Bolivia.
The 28-year-old endured an emotionally draining transfer window which concluded in him staying at the Gunners, despite reportedly being keen on leaving to sign for Manchester City.
The Chile international then experienced a humiliating 4-0 defeat to Liverpool in the Premier League, before a 1-0 defeat to Bolivia in the World Cup qualifiers, which has put his country’s qualification chances in doubt.
Sanchez has struggled to deal with the continued scrutiny and has now hit back at his detractors via his Instagram account.
Y LLEGA EL MOMENTO EN EL QUE TE CANSAS . Te cansas que te critiquen con razón y sin razón, te cansas de que te quieran ver derrotado , te cansas de decirte a ti mismo "una vez más me levantare" después de llorar tras una derrota, y te cansas de decirle al mundo y a las personas que están contigo, que todo va bien . Y lo peor, que nunca nadie se da cuenta de cómo eso te hace sentir … tengo el dorsal 7️⃣ de chile y es una responsabilidad enorme, por eso me da pena que periodistas y gente mala critique sin saber …
“And there comes the time when you get tired,” he wrote.
“You get tired when you are criticised with or without reason, you get tired when people want to see you defeated.
“You get tired to tell yourself ‘I will get up again’ after crying about a defeat, and you get tired telling the world and the people that are with you that everything is okay.
“And the worst thing is, no one ever realises how that makes you feel… I have Chile’s number 7 and it is a huge responsibility, that’s why it is a shame that journalists and bad people criticise without knowing.”