Jim White has claimed that Alexis Sanchez is not the sort of player to demand a transfer away from Arsenal, and expected him to still be here come September 1.
The Chilean has been linked with the exit door for over 12 months now, having failed to agree terms over a new deal in talks since before last season.
A number of big clubs have been linked with his capture throughout the summer, but we have so far rejected any advances, and our manager Arsene Wenger has stated on numerous occasions that he will be staying at Arsenal.
Jim White believes the Frenchman, despite him having made similar statements about former players shortly before they left the club.
White said: “I think he’ll be there, I think he will go into this new season an Arsenal player.
“I know it’s all guesswork, until we actually hear definitively from him.
“He’s so quiet about it, he’s very quietly going about his business.
“I can’t imagine any time soon the likes of Sanchez putting in a transfer request like Coutinho did the other day.
“He wouldn’t go to Real Madrid, he’s not going to go back to Barcelona.
“He might got to PSG or Man City or Monaco.”
There certainly only seems to be concrete interest coming from Manchester City presently, and it would be unforgivable to allow him to switch to another Premier League side.
For me he simply has to stay put or go abroad, and as much as I would love to see him help us to challenge for the Premier League title this term, I have a bad feeling that he will end up at Man City in 12 months time on a free transfer.
Would Alexis happily stay put without a new contract? Is White right in thinking he wont hand in a transfer request?