There has been much talk about why the contract talks between Arsenal and Alexis Sanchez seems to be taking forever, and many pundits have opined that the Chilean is waiting to see if we are really title contenders or not, but in Arsene Wenger’s latest update he says that the only hold up is the size of the wages as Alexis has the desire to remain at the Emirates.
“It always starts with money, it finishes with money and in between the players want to stay or want to go,” Wenger said.
“When the players want to stay it’s easier to find an agreement. We can certainly find an agreement. You cannot put the club in jeopardy as well for the players.
“I think no matter what happens we’ll try to keep them and we’ll go as high as we can and if we cannot go further, we cannot go further. That’s basically it. That’s the way you have to manage a football club.
“Alexis Sanchez is a committed player who wants to stay. I’m convinced we’ll find an agreement. It has to be in our potential.
“We are not scared to spend the money, and we are not scared to show the players we love them and we want them to earn big money but we have to have a line of conduct.
“What is absolutely fantastic for the players today is the club for me is about identity, about values and we have as well to work from that.”
So if this is really the case and Alexis is happy to stay even if we don’t seriously challenge for any trophies, then it would be better to find a compromise sooner rather than later. It looks like Sanchez is starting to get frustrated and that cannot be good for him or the club. He is getting a 10 day rest at the moment, let’s hope he uses that time to put these contract talks to bed as quickly as possible….