Rather than rest over the summer, Sanchez will be playing yet more football in Russia (Picture: Getty)

Arsenal attacker Alexis Sanchez will play competitive football for the fourth summer in a row after being called up to Chile’s squad for the Confederations Cup.

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In a move that will undoubtedly frustrate Arsene Wenger, who has spoken previously of his concern over Sanchez’s staggering schedule over the last few years, the former Barcelona man could play up to eight times before he is back in an Arsenal shirt.

Chile will head to Russia for the Confederations Cup which begins on June 17, though they have three friendly matches against Burkina Faso, Russia and Romania scheduled before that.

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La Roja have been drawn in Group B along with Cameroon, Australia and world champions Germany – though he will not face team-mate Mesut Ozil who was omitted from Germany’s young squad.


Estos son los 17 convocados que militan en el extranjero por el profe Pizzi para la #ConfedCup pic.twitter.com/fJTL89d37g

— Selección Chilena (@LaRoja) May 19, 2017

If Chile qualify from their group, Sanchez can be expected to play two further games, with the Confederations Cup also including a third-place play-off.

Sanchez took part in the World Cup in 2014 before carrying his side’s hopes in back-to-back Copa Americas in 2015 and 2016.

Chile have picked an incredibly strong line-up for the tournament, with Manchester City’s Claudio Bravo and Juventus’ midfield dynamo Arturo Vidal also on the plane.

Sanchez has been linked with everyone from champions Chelsea to PSG (Picture: Getty)

Sanchez has been heavily linked with a summer move away from Arsenal if the club fail to secure Champions League football on Sunday – they must beat Everton and hope Liverpool slip up at Middlesbrough.

Chelsea are thought to be making a big play for his signature, with Sanchez keen to remain in London if he does move clubs, while Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester United are also monitoring his situation with interest.

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