With Arsene Wenger still talking about his hope of keeping the Chile international Alexis Sanchez at Arsenal beyond the year that is left on the striker’s current contract, you would think that the Frenchman will need to be at his most persuasive to make it happen.
He has already failed in his attempt to convince Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain to commit his future to the Gunners, despite Sky Sports reporting that the ciontract on offer to the 24-year old was worth an eye watering £180,000 a week. If that really was the amount Arsenal were willing to pay a player at wing back who has scored just nine goals for us in 130 Premier League games,. imagine what the brilliant Chilean can expect to earn.
Sanchez is a much more important player to Arsenal and not just because of the 30 goals he scored last season and the 42 in the two previous ones. Alexis is the driving force behind our team and not only that, his example seems to rub off on those around him and gets Arsenal showing the sort of spirit that was sorely lacking in Stoke last weekend.
How much do you think that is worth to Wenger and the club? £250,000 a week? £300,000? To be honest I am not sure we can really put a limit on it and if we are prepared to pay the Ox £180k then perhaps there really is a chance that Sanchez could stay.