The Chilean is into the final year of his contract, and looks ever-likely to quit the club before next season, with him and the Gunners looking no nearer agreeing new terms than they have in the past two years.
Arsene Wenger has always stated that the situation wouldn’t hamper the performance of Sanchez, and former Arsenal striker Ian Wright believes the player is doing everything as if the saga was not happening.
“He always plays hard. At the moment, he still plays like he does and keeps giving the ball away when other people are in better positions,” Wright stated.
“There’s no change to him and he’s playing how he normally plays.
“It was a beautiful assist against Brighton and then I realised he’s still not signed a new deal.”
Alexis’ goalscoring and assists chart so far this season is definitely not agreeing with Wright’s comments, and I simply don’t view him as the deadly superstar who can go out and win games single-handedly like he has done in previous years.
The 28 year-old no doubt retains the ability, but for me he seriously has to get his act together, although hopefully that will come.
Maybe he just needs to return to form following his injury over the summer, but I’m not convinced that there isn’t a problem currently in the dressing room.
Chuba Akpom recently admitted that his team-mates have been jibing with Alexis following his failed move to Manchester City, and that could well be bringing underlying tension into the team ethic.
Is Alexis playing to his fullest? Is he still the first name on the teamsheet?