The ongoing saga surrounding Alexis Sanchez’s contract situation at Arsenal is something that the Arsenal fans have sadly got used to. In previous years the Gunners have found themselves in exactly the same situation, with a star player getting close to entering the final year of their current contract. It makes it a tense affair for the fans of Arsenal, with everyone keen for the club to offer our star player a deal that will keep them committed to the playing at the Emirates.
The situation surrounding Alexis Sanchez is that he reportedly wants to have a new bumper wage package in his new deal, that will see his weekly pay rise to over £250,000. Those figures would put him amongst some of the very best paid players in the league and across the footballing world. Arsenal however, rather understandably from my perspective, are rather reluctant to offer such a high wage, with the club taking pride in its current wage structure.
This means that both Alexis and Arsenal seem to have been left in a stand-off position, with both the club and the player wanting to come to an agreement, but with little movement actually taking place. Alexis has today told reporters in an exclusive interview with Sky Sports, that he is happy at Arsenal and is willing to commit his future to the club, but that the Gunners do need to make the first move soon.
When asked about how he felt about the current contractual saga, Alexis said: “I’m focused more on winning football matches – I’m staying concentrated on that. It really doesn’t depend on me – if they want to show confidence in me. I’m very happy at the club. I love all the staff. I’m very grateful for everybody here. It depends on Arsenal.”
“I enjoy the relationship with the fans. I want to achieve more for them. I want to win the Premier League and the Champions League.”
Alexis seems to be happy at the club and despite reservations that may have been made about him in regards to desiring more from the club, you can’t blame him for wanting Arsenal to show a bit more ambition in terms of both financially in the transfer market and competitively on the pitch. Alexis has grown into becoming a real star for the Gunners and his form this season alone shows the club just how important he is and how important he will be to the future success of this team. It’s vital that the Gunners get a move on in offering him a suitable deal, along with fellow Gunners superstar Mesut Ozil as well.
Will Arsenal soon offer Alexis the deal he desires? Or is he just fishing for more money?