The never-ending contract talks between Arsenal and Alexis Sanchez looks no nearer to completion, and it is being reported today that the Gunners have offered the Chilean superstar a new contract worth £180,000 a week, but Alexis (or his agent) has told them he will not sign for less than £250,000, which will nearly double his current wage.
More worrying is the reports that he is desperate to win titles, as Sanchez himself has said many times, and after his anger at the end of the Bournemouth match demonstrated that he thinks this current Arsenal side is falling well short of that aim, especially as we even dropped out of the Champions League places yesterday after Chelsea’s defeat at Tottenham.
It could be that he was angry with Olivier Giroud for wasting precious time doing his silly dance at the end, instead of rushing to try and get the winner in the last few minutes, but he was already seen to be very agitated in the first half when he had a standup argument with Aaron Ramsey.
This was witnessed by the 5Live commentator Steve Claridge who said: “Ramsey and Sanchez are shouting at each other.
“Ramsey’s not letting it go, getting really stuck into him. That’s a sign of frustration.”
We all know Alexis is desperate to win at everything, and he may be thinking that the rest of the team don’t share that enthusiasm. This could be more instrumental in him thinking that he may have to move to a more ambitious club where trophies are demanded, as well as the fact that he will be paid what he believes he is worth.
Can you imagine if Arsenal are eliminated from the Champions League by Bayern Munich next month, that could very easily be the last nail in the coffin for Alexis and he could get his agent to actively look at other options.
I think it may be time for Arsene Wenger to start scouring for a new player that could fill the Chilean’s boots. Arsenal will gain a fortune if they sell Sanchez, but will it be enough to get a like-for-like replacement?