What Is To Be The Fate Of Alexis Sanchez?
When it comes to Arsenal, Alexis Sanchez is never far from the news. The Chile international has been linked with a move away from the Emirates for quite some time now and being in the last year of his contract hasn’t helped. When deadline day loomed, Sanchez looked set for the exit with Manchester City ready to step in and meet his incredibly high wage demands. Arsenal were pursuing Monaco’s Thomas Lemar but with that move failing, Sanchez had to stay put. So what’s next for the want away star?
First if all, no matter what happens this season, the likelihood of Sanchez being an Arsenal player this time next year is extremely slim. Arsene Wenger has repeatedly said that Sanchez won’t be leaving the Emirates; but come the next transfer window they would surely cash in, even at a reduced rate, in order not to lose him for nothing in the summer? While he has been the best player at the club for a while, with the arrival of Alexandre Lacazette, you could say he’s now slightly less important.
So far this season Sanchez has played 274 minutes of league football, setting a goal up but has so far failed to score himself. There is a general feeling that his influence is waning, which is reflected in Sportingbet having Sanchez 50/1 to be the Top Goalscorer in the league, compared to Lacazette who is 13/1. Arsenal are probably preparing for life without the Chilean and rightly so. It’s also been rumoured that Sanchez, as well as fellow contract rebel Mesut Özil, have both failed to attend a pre-arranged club media day, much to the frustration of their team mates. If things like this become common place, it will see Sanchez head for the exit a lot quicker, especially if his team mates begin to become further disillusioned by his behaviour.
You could say that Sanchez’s fate rests in the hands of three people. Firstly, his own. If he wants to make life really difficult for those around him in order to force a move away, he could but it would also make things harder for himself until the move came about. Secondly, Arsene Wenger can still have a say. Nobody is forcing him to sell right now, there’s no pressure on him to do so. So, if he wants Sanchez to stay, he can make that happen. Finally, and most importantly, the board. There have been reports recently that they do actually want to win trophies and challenges; and that they’re prepared to bank roll this. If there is money to spend, as seen with the £92 million bid for Lemar, they can replace Sanchez comfortably.
Arsenal fan or not, the realization is that Sanchez will depart the Emirates either in January or the summer. For the pundits and neutrals, the hope is that he will stay in the Premier League because he’s such a great player on his day. Arsenal fans probably hope the Chilean will head abroad, but either way, he’s been a great servant to them but they will maybe be better off without him, especially with a bulging transfer kitty at Wenger’s disposal.
With his current attitude, should Arsenal just get rid now – or make him wait til next summer?