Okay so I know that I am trying to find some sort of positive in what is undoubtedly a negative thing for Arsenal here, but if Alexis Sanchez really is determined to leave just like Robin van Persie was then we do not have a great deal of choice.
Arsene Wenger can either agree to sell him this summer for a hefty amount of dosh or he can be stubborn and make the Chilean see out the final year of his contract, which could well see the striker’s form and influence drop off and would certainly see him go to any club he fancied with Arsenal getting nothing from the deal.
So assuming that the Frenchman is going to go for option A I thought I would try to find something positive about the situation for Arsenal fans to take some comfort from and maybe the strain of his constant international duties with Chile could be the answer.
Pretty much the whole time he has been an Arsenal player we have had to worry about Alexis suffering an injury or burnout as he spends every summer playing and every international break flying around the globe, with Chile playing him even if he is carrying some sort of knock.
So far the player has proved to be almost superhuman but how long can that last? Surely the strain will inevitably tell in the end and with The Mirror reporting that instead of any easing off the pressure Sanchez is set for an extremely punishing schedule over the next 12 months.
Wouldn’t it be a shame if the injury or burnout we have all been fearing, happened to Alexis Sanchez soon after he left us for Man City?