Arsene Wenger has previously stood by his guns and ruled out any potential exit for Alexis Sanchez, but the Arsenal boss has lowered his guard this week.
The Gunners earned a hard-fought 3-2 win over Crystal Palace yesterday, keeping our side within a point of fourth place, with Alexis landing a brace of goals within a five minute spell to put us well on course for victory.
The Chilean has rarely been in the papers for good reason this season however, with him putting in a number of below-par performances while his contract looks to be run down.
Alexis is thoroughly expected to leave the club between now and next term, and a move in January looks the most likely scenario at present.
The 29 year-old has looked out of sorts this season, and appears to have lost touch with his team-mates in the dressing room, and Arsene Wenger has even backed down on previous claims that nobody would leave the club in the winter window.
The French boss was asked the latest about the future of Alexis, and after the Palace win he admitted that he was now unsure.
Wenger responded: “Nobody knows what will happen. It’s difficult to speculate.
“We are focused on short term, that means the next game with the players committed and ready to fight. It’s not a guarantee of how long you stay somewhere. As long as you are somewhere, you give your best.
“They are questioned, always, when people don’t have long contracts. The best way to show they are committed is to give that kind of performance. Jack is coming back in competitive shape. He gives something to the team, and gave a good final ball for the third goal.
“At 3-2 it became nervy again, and it finished in a less controlled way, but it was a good team performance.”
Has Wenger finally come round to the idea of selling Alexis because his replacement (possibly Draxler) is already lined up? Has Sanchez upset one too many people at Arsenal to merit Wenger wanting him to stay until the summer?