Arsene Wenger promised the Arsenal fans at the end of last season that Alexis Sanchez would be staying with the club whether he signed a new contract extension or not, but, let’s be honest, none of us really believed him going by past performance. The rumours linking Alexis to Man City were just so persistent that it seemed inevitable that we would lose yet another one of our stars to the oil-rich Citizens.
But now it seems that Le Prof was telling the truth and all Arsenal fans will be ecstatic to see Sanchez and Lacazette playing together for at least one season, and if we just happened to win the Premier League, perhaps Sanchez won’t leave next summer either!
Wenger made his stance clear at the first press conference of the season, in Sydney. He said: “The players come back and we expect them to respect their contracts,”
He was then asked whether Sanchez had told him he wanted to leave, and Wenger replied simply: “No.”
But Le Prof also told us that a new contract had not already been signed, but he is hopeful that he may do in the course of the next year. He continued: “Nobody knows today if Sanchez will be in the final year of his contract next season, because he can as well extend his contract with us at the start of the season or during the season, so it’s not necessarily the last year of his contract with Arsenal.”
Another boost is the fact that Wenger said he would not strengthen a direct rival like Man City as he promised at the end of the seasone just gone. “That’s in the continuity of what I said at the end of the season; that’s what we will do,” he added.
Well full marks to the Boss for sticking to his guns. The club may lose 50 million by not selling Alexis, but if we win the title in the meantime, then you simply can’t put a price on that!