I think it is going to take more than a few words from the Arsenal and France international striker to convince Alexis Sanchez to change his mind about a transfer away from north London, but the comments from Alexandre Lacazette this week about his Chilean teammate will certainly not hurt.
As reported by Metro, the summer signing from Lyon has been talking about life at his new club in the Premier League and he made a point of praising the attitude and effort that he sees from Alexis in training as well as out on the pitch. Although the two Gunners have only started two games together so far, they are already forging a good understanding and Lacazette is hoping it will continue for a long time in the future.
He said, ‘That’s also one of the reasons why I wanted to come to Arsenal – to play with players of [Alexis’] calibre.
‘Just seeing him in training, I like the way he plays and his mental attitude.
‘His approach makes me want to play alongside him – hopefully for many years.’
Now while these comments on their own may not have too much of an effect on Sanchez and his decisions, perhaps the growing relationship on the pitch might. If the two strikers can help to fire Arsenal into a title challenging position then it could well persuade Alexis to think again because trophy success is what he really wants, it seems to me.
Can they get the goals to win the title for Arsenal? And if so, could that make Alexis Sanchez decide to sign a new contract after all?