Is Alexis on the verge of Arsenal exit? Or not?

Considering the fact that Alexis Sanchez was Arsenal’s undisputed talisman last season and that the player has only one year to run on his contract, with a number of Europe’s elite clubs vying for his signature, there was always going to be widespread speculation over his future. In the latest twist, Transfer Market Web has claimed that Alexis is very close to a move to Bayern Munich.

The report further goes on to state that the final details of the deal are in the process of being finalised and that the Chilean is excited about the prospect of playing under Carlo Ancelotti. With Arsenal failing to qualify for the Champions League, moving to a team that is almost guaranteed to win the Bundesliga every season and can challenge in the Champions League is understood to be too good of an offer for the former Barcelona man to turn down.

But before we get carried away by the prospect of losing the 28-year-old, its worth noting that the source of the story, Transfer Market Web, is not the most reliable of sources. Furthermore, Sky Sports, which happens to be a very reliable source, reported recently that the Bavarians pulled out of the race for the Arsenal star considering his exorbitant wage demands believed to be in the range of £300k-a-week, which makes sense considering that the highest-paid players at the Allianz Arena are all on about £160k-a-week.

Personally, I believe that Sanchez will wait and see what Arsenal can do in the transfer window before he makes up his mind. The player clearly cherishes being the Gunners’ main man and playing in a system that best suits his abilities, its just a matter of whether or not Arsene Wenger’s men can compete, and the North Londoners’ activity in the transfer market will be the best indicator of that. With an offer of about £280k-a-week said to be on the table, you’d have to think that the detrimental factor now is who Arsenal can bring in to convince the Chilean that this team can compete.



  1. Coldzero says:

    If he does he goes, no one is bigger than the club, no one!

    I hope we keep him, but only if he wants to be there and play for us without all the hissy fits and histrionics and certainly no more upsets in the dressing room. I am sure there was something that went on in the dressing room this season that contributed to our poor team spirit and my guess would be if anyone it would stem from Alexis histrionics.

    1. ArseOverTit says:

      apart from Wenger of course 😉

    2. RichSAAlao says:

      Yes, that is right. It really started toward end of season before this last, and Alexi the lead actor.

  2. Muffdiver wants change...not for arsenal...for.the vending machine, I'm thirsty as f### says:

    Quite enjoying this window
    We’re in the mix

    Entertainment boiiiiii

    1. Fatboy Gooney, Too Fat to track back. says:

      Yup, Benzema link to follow shortly ? ? mixing it up on the ones & twos, mind you don’t choke on your popcorn muff.

      1. McLovin says:

        What abour our good ol’ friend Yann M’Vila? Our ‘done deal’ lost his way to the airport and found himself playing in Russia

  3. ArseOverTit says:

    he is gone…

    said it himself pretty much.

    like it or not, he is a winner and wants to win the top prizes and no amount of money is gonna fill that hole for him. so he will go elsewhere where his ambitions can be matched.

    1. Galen says:

      Is always about the money. Nobody should tell you anything less. Look at Hazard, who is one of the best paid players in the league, the moment the real madrd Rumour started his agent started demanding a new Contract of £320,000 a week for Hazard who is already on £200K +.
      Even when some of these players have 4 years left on their contracts, they constantly want a new contract.

      Lionel messi gets given a new contract at the start of every season and its same for Ronaldo. Its all about the money . People are on 4 year contracts and they still want an update to the 4 years with better terms and condition.

      We pay sanchez 300K he would sign dat thing and he would tell us he was always a Gunner sign, and how he loves the manager, fans and football club.

      1. ArseOverTit says:

        1st. we arent giving him £300K a week EVER.

        2nd. All top modern day footballers earn obscene amounts of money a week and therefore
        they dont just need to go where the money is, because money is everywhere in the game [unless you go to huddersfield town]. So for top players who want to win things there are other factors that they look at.

        a. who is the manager.
        b. do the team im joining have a history and still regularly compete for the top honours.
        c. is it near a big city where there is great shopping to amuse the wifey and for me to take selfies in?

        1. OZ11 says:

          if money didn’t matter you would have never heard of the chinese league

          1. OZ11 says:

            and you wouldnt have heard about man city either

        2. David Rusa says:

          Be real. Somebody in the know says the highest paid at Bayern is around the equivalent of 160,000 pounds per week. All these players are after money first and then trophies. There is only a comparative advantage where a team in CL offering the same amount as one which is not might have the upper hand. Modern football is business not mere entertainment. The highest bidder carries the day. Remember Chelsea and Man City started dominating the market long before winning any trophy.

        3. David Rusa says:

          Be real. Somebody in the know says the highest paid at Bayern is around the equivalent of 160,000 pounds per week. All these players are after money first and then trophies. There is only a comparative advantage where a team in CL offering the same amount as one which is not might have the upper hand. Modern football is business not mere entertainment. The highest bidder carries the day. Remember Chelsea and Man City started dominating the market long before winning any trophy.

        4. Nebsy says:

          I agree with ArseOverTit way more.
          Sanchez seems like a guy who has footballing ambitions first, and financial ambitions second. It’s not like his family will starve if he settles for a measly 160k a week he might get in Bayern.

  4. Galen says:

    Spanish TV saying we have made a bid of £69 million for james Rodriguez. £15 million more than Inter milans Bid.
    It makes me to wonder? is it to replace one of Ozil or Sanchez? Lets not forget that we are talking to Lyon for lacazette and the player says he would make his decision after the France England Game.
    Whtever happens, lets do our best to keep sanchez or she should come out and say he is not feeling

    1. Napersie says:

      What use is JAMES? He isn’t a winger/goalscorer to replace Sanchez and I don’t see any need for him except you tell me Ozil wanna leave. In other news tell Bellerin that you don’t sign a 6yrs contract to leave the next summer. 70million or no Deal… Let them know we ain’t their feeder club

      1. Galen says:

        @ Napersie
        Well i don’t know, this is from Spanish Version of Sky and Bt Sport. is Spanish tv reporting that it is between Us and Inter Milan for james Rodriguez. I know nothing about it. Am just saying what I saw on Spanish Sport TV, Now the Italians are reporting thesame thing .

        English media is always late at reporting bids and stuff.

        1. Coldzero says:

          Sounds like an Alexi replacement to me, he is gonna be gone and not staying.

      2. JPS_AFC1 says:

        James Rodriguez could replace either off them, however I would rather him come in to replace Ozil and if we need to replace Sanchez I think it needs to be Douglas Kosta . Don’t under estimate this guy James under a manager who believes in him and gives him game time I think he would flourish. He can score goals to. If we could get him or Isco in the No10 role with a top sticker and Idrissa Gueye or Fabinho with Kolisinac for free we would win the league next season or go very close. Actually I think the right manager would win the league with the squad we have now. However the owner has chosen to reward failure and give Wenger a new deal so I think this guy needs all the help he can get. I think we need these players however we also need some tough nut leaders on the pitch. Kolisinac looks that type off player and so does Holding. As I said the other day 1st time in years I’m excited about the summer as a Gooner. Looks like Wenger has finally been given the rocket he needed to act and act quickly but only time will tell. My heart tells me we are gonna get the players we need this summer my head tells me it’s gonna be same old same old.

    2. Goonerboy says:

      @ Galen….

      Been secretly hoping we sign James Rodriguez, as I believe he guarantees goals as an AMF….very talented!!!…….#fingercrossed#

  5. Lolu Saba says:

    If Sanchez leaves then we should also get a left winger in addition to a striker.
    I’m thinking lemar…..

    1. ArseOverTit says:

      what the singer?

      1. muff d... says:


        if theres any justice in the worllddddddd…..

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  8. 49Unbeaten says:

    Don’t forget the 50p in the pound rule here in England. £280k (Before tax) per week would give Alexis £140k (After tax) per week……poor thing.

  9. 49Unbeaten says:

    Sorry, 45p tax rate now….

  10. Fatboy Gooney, Too Fat to track back. says:

    The Sanchez saga will probably drag on until the final day of the transfer window and he will more than likely be sold in the final hour, so that the money doesn’t get spent lol.

    Anyways, I’m predicting that our next signing will be Seri (Nice)?

    1. muff d... says:

      seri would be missing during season for africa cup of nations

      so not ‘nice’

      see what i did there??

      someone acknowledge my poor attempt at humour..hello?!!


      1. Fatboy Gooney, Too Fat to track back. says:

        I’m sure that We’re all used to players going missing in one form or another ?? some of them even go missing whilst on the pitch.?

        1. McLovin says:

          Next AFCON isn’t until 2019!

          1. Fatboy Gooney, Too Fat to track back. says:

            That’s great ?? we would have sold him to Barcelona or Real Madrid by then.

  11. LtDan says:

    Hopefully he will stay……..if not to see out the remainder of his contract but like someone else said above, ‘If he goes, he goes and no player can be bigger than the club’.

    Sure, we’ll lose that impetus, momentum and drive that he gives us but Arsenal as a club didn’t ‘completely’ fall apart when we lost Van Persie, Fabregas, Nasri, Henry and others over the years. We still managed to negotiate our way through a tough league and many years got ourselves into a fourth placed position.

    Although, it really sticks in your craw when contemplating him leaving just for the skill, drive and endeavour that he brings and the way it’s been an inspiration and lift to the other players, us the fans and the club !

    1. Goonerboy says:

      Make your mind man…lol…

  12. isiaq says:

    I used to be a big fan of Alexis Sanchez but his body language toward the end of the season was a big indicator that he’s already made up his mind to ply his trade elsewhere. By that i see no reason why Arsenal should hold on to him. Somebody should tell him about Nasri, Van persie, Song even though they were able to lift Cups. They end up losing their pedigree as a top class player. I will prefer Ozil to stay. Arsene wenger should just get rid of Sanchez and give us Lacazzete to fill his place.

    1. Douglas says:

      Nobody can take Sanchez’s place, Ozil on the other hand can be replaced. I expect arsene 2 strengthen the current arsenal squad with players with top top quality & get rid of the many fringe players in d team. You cannot have enough good players.

      1. Efe iteire says:

        I disagree with you on that. Players like Ozil are very rare. Ozil makes it look easy when playing and moreover he covers a lot of grounds. You miss creativity when Ozil is not on the feild

        1. Break-on-through says:

          Ozil got tackles in, got angry, played at a high tempo and returned up field to help keep a better shape, and to give Bellerin/midfielders a hand. That was the FA cup final, and also a previous match when he kicked the ball off someone. This Ozil I can respect, admire, but why is it such a daunting task for him to show it more regularly. He really didn’t want to fall out of the CL places, he really didn’t want to finish the season empty handed. That was showing desire, it showed he cared, so if we don’t see this more often, it can mean only one thing, or not enough of it.

          Ozil is hands down one of the most deftest when in control of a football, the way he glides with the ball looking like it’s rolling on silk. His touch is special, but the man needs time and space, which can be easily taken from unfortunately. If he could just amp himself up and force a quicker rhythm about himself, it’d make all the difference. Also keeping shape with the team is very important, because others get dragged into areas trying to cover when just one does not keep up his end, a domino effect can occur with AFC looking a shambles at times.

    2. RSH says:

      somebody should tell him about the players that left us and went onto win big trophies? Yeah, great plan. Hilarious how some of us are acting like Sanchez is surplus to requirements now. Without him we’re 10x worse. I also think he leaves this summer, but lets not pretend he won’t be sorely missed and it’ll be a giant blow.

    3. steph says:

      I love Sanchez… He is a world class player, and goal and assist rate is incomparable in tge league. Plus he practically carries our team in the back to cross difficult waters. To be honest however I’d rather ozil stays. I have been an arsenal fan for 21yrs now and I have never seen so much individual play in any team like in the teams with Sanchez. The arsenal I watched and began to support could make 14 one-touch passes that would lead to a goal. Our main men we’re the strikers cos the final balls ends from their feet(or head) into the net. We had Super talented forward players with great and special techniques (pires, Bergkamp, Ljunberg, KANU,etc) who enjoy the game and are characterized by their desire to get the assist rather than the goals.

      What do we have today? A one man show. I can’t count how many times i screamed “pass that ball” with Sanchez on the ball (same with RAM-sey) too.

      Where is our flow, where is our style, where is ARSENAL-EQUES (yea I still remember that commentator).
      I’d love to stay, but if he wants otherwise, I personally won’t mind.
      I sure won’t miss him. I’d rather have my Arsenal back.

  13. Yossarian says:

    All the recent rumours of “Sanchez staying” and “Ozil new contract” and “In for Mbappe / Lacazette” and “Wenger rumoured to have met Seri’s agent” have been getting me really hopeful. However I have now regained some composure from the initial excitement, and realise:

    (1) We get linked with great players every transfer window. We didn’t get Benzema, or Higuaín, or Suarez, or Lacazette last season, or even Jamie Vardy. So just because we’re supposedly “In” for all these exciting strikers, doesn’t mean anything will actually happen. It could well be Giroud as No.1 striker next season.

    (2) If Arsenal buy Mbappe/Lacazette/Similar, plus Seri/Similar (Bare minimum), keep Ozil, reassure everyone regarding squad depth (And back it up in case of departures or injuries), and offer him £250-£300k, then Sanchez could stay. Surely that would satisfy both his financial goals and football ambition. But that would also require Arsenal to drastically change the wage structure again, and for Arsene to probably spend at least £150m in transfer fees on 2 players (Double-transfer-record x 2 and double-wages x 3 or 4). How likely is that really?

    It seems like a lot will have to change in order for Arsenal to actually get two superstar players in Central Midfield and at Centre-Forward, and then convince Alexis to stay. This will have to happen early in the transfer window too, otherwise we could be up sh*t creek without a paddle by early August, and then it’ll be panic buys on deadline day + the usual disappointment and excuses. And a dramatic exit for Alexis, with somebody of Ross Barkley’s quality to take his place.

    I think it’s time to stop getting excited, ignore any stories about people being spotted in various European cities or at various airports, and wait for some real stuff to happen.

    1. RSH says:

      we are only getting two more players max. And one of them still may be Onyekuru, lmao. I agree, too much paper talk as usual. Fans need to lower expectations, just like we always must do to not go insane.

      1. MxwellSmart86 says:

        When I read among the previous comments ” We still managed to negotiate our way through a tough league and many years got ourselves into a fourth placed position.”, the feeling that Alexis is long gone gets more real. That’s not nearly enough for him, he has the skills and hunger for titles to deserve better.

        This was his best season since he plays in Europe and his “body language” so important for some people was just a normal reaction to a team/manager that was comfortable just to aspire to be in top four. This is no contest of popularity or charm, not even Britain got Talent…so focus on performance…Alexis was outstanding this season, despite Wenger taking him out of central striker where he excelled during the first half of the season.

        Alexis left Barcelona on his best season there, winning titles and playing with the best players…why shouldn’t he leave Arsenal when the manger himself keeps the decision to continue in secret for so many months…loosing valuable time on the transfer market.

        Alexis is/was happy at Arsenal because he felt important and loved the fans, Wenger staying and the lack of top class signings just handled him the reason to move.

        Plus…Monday night on Chilean TV, sports presenter who is very close to Alexis said that he was 99% a Manchester City player for next season.

        1. Break-on-through says:

          Well put, esp the first paragraph.

  14. Break-on-through says:

    The longer it goes on the worse it is, we can’t replace him as is but what sort of signing would we get if he leaves a week or two before the window shuts. We’d be left scrambling for whatever pops up. I’d prefer to sell him now if he’s going to leave anyway. That way we’d have a full market to choose from, if we leave it too late no club will sell us a prized asset as they will have little to no time themselves for sorting a replacement.

  15. youssouph4gunners says:

    Wenger should have a one on one conversation with Alexis, which I believe he should have done by now to know if his heart still wishes to play for this Club and if not then we should move on. Probably make a swap deal with Bayern, Douglas costa+ cash for Alexis.. we shouldn’t keep an unhappy player, I want a team playing with love and passion this coming season… and no one is bigger than Arsenal

  16. US_MF_COYG says:

    Let us not forget, countless times, many times, players that are flourishing at a particular club or are the number 1 at a particular club go away and become less of a player. It happens more times than not. Many times a “hot player” at a particular club (maybe fits in perfectly with the group/style/players/manager/ etc) shines and gets a big head to move on only to find out he had it much better where he was originally. On the other hand, sometimes a player at a particular club is not used well, out of position, not a starter (Alexis) and moves to another club – and “bang!”, that player shines . . . you think Alexis is going to move to another (big) club and be the number one there and take the spotlight from the current star(s)? Not going to happen. Many players do not realize how good they have it until they move on. Alexis moved on from Barca where he was a 2nd bit player, now he is the star at Arsenal . . . he is not going to relive the same glory elsewhere and be happy not being the number one. A lot of confidence comes from how you feel and the freedom you have as a player – throwing him into a team where 4 players fight to be top boss would equal a problem, imo. Sure, in some cases having 3 stars works, but not often.

    1. MxwellSmart86 says:

      Your vision is so accurate…would love to keep him at Arsenal. Really not sure how will fit into Manchester City Line-up. Will be a loss to football and Arsenal fans as well to see him waste his talent on the bench.

      I’m sure Wenger staying and his delay to announce it, have a good part in his departure. Arsenal future doesnt look bright enough with a Board of Directors that gives so much power to the manager.

      Read it above: “No one is bigger than the Club”….except Wenger, who after years of failure to win the EPL gets a two year renewal. Must be the only manager in the world that decides his own future.

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