The fear for many Arsenal fans, after the delight we felt yesterday when Arsene Wenger broke the club’s transfer record to secure the signing of the prolific France international forward Alexandre Lacazette from Lyon, is that the club were just waiting for this to happen before allowing the so-called contract rebel Alexis Sanchez to leave.
It would make sense to be fair to Arsenal, as I am pretty sure that Lyon or any club we were trying to sign a striker from would have been able to negotiate harder if we had already lost the Chilean because they would know we are desperate.
Some people connected with Arsenal, however, think that signing Lacazette may actually help us to keep Alexis as it shows that the boss and the board mean business and I really hope this is true. That is why I think that The Mirror report claiming that Sanchez has issued a wage demand of a staggering £400,000 a week to sign a new deal is actually good news, in a way.
I do not expect Arsenal to pay that by the way but just the fact that he is talking to Arsenal about salary means he has not made up his mind to leave. The report also claims that we have actually offered £275,000 a week and although I have my doubts about that it suggests that Wenger is serious about keeping him and doing whatever it takes to make Arsenal a title winning team.
Do you think Alexis Sanchez will still be a Gunner next season?