Sanchez accepting to stay gives Arsenal serious title hopes for season

Alexis Sanchez has supposedly accepted that he will be spending the next 12 months at Arsenal, boosting our chances of winning our first Premier League title since 2004.

The Chilean has been heavily speculated about all summer, with links to a large number of top European clubs, but no such move has been arranged.

Juventus, Bayern Munich, PSG, Barcelona and rival Premier League clubs have all become favourites to sign him at one point in the window or another, but only the Camp Nou club appear to be in the market for big arrivals at present.

Alexis has refused to pour water on the speculation, and has even claimed that he wanted to be playing Champions League football, with a team who could win it, but his wishes seem to have been overlooked, with Arsene Wenger insisting he will not be sold.

Latest reports now move to claim that he has come to terms with the reality that he will have to see out the last season of his contract, with no concrete offers coming in, and with Arsenal refusing to negotiate with their Premier League rivals.

Sanchez staying is a huge boost to our credentials as we look to mount a serious challenge on the top of the table, with his creativity and attacking prowess giving us a great chance of finally winning the league, especially with the clinical finishing of Alexandre Lacazette added to the squad.

I hate to sound like a Liverpool fan, but there is no reason why this year cannot be our year…

Is this our best squad since the Invincibles?

Pat J

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  1. Raj says:

    I would only accept that he is staying if he is still with us on September 1.Till that time anything is possible.

  2. ArseOverTit says:

    This is one light on facts report.
    Where are the quotes, direct or secondhand? Who is reporting on his acceptance?

    He will play for Arsenal because he has no choice that’s all, however if someone comes in with a £75 mil bid I expect him gone.

    We may improve our finishing place this season to maybe 3rd but we are not strong enough to compete with Man Utd, City or Chelsea over the season. We have the same psychological and system based/tactical frailties as we had last year as we have the same manager.

    Not pessimistic only realistic;)

    1. Ignasi M says:

      agree 100%. Wenger’s tiki taka philosophy is outdated and there are too many suicidal decisions/passes in our game. We were lucky yesterday.

      1. Lexynal says:

        Lucky yesterday; Lucky in May for the FA Cup……wake up from your slumber and try to give credit where it belongs. Your team is getting better….if you aren’t proud of your team’s achievements you may then go and support the “unlucky” Spurs (zero trophy despite spendings over the recent years).

    2. Harshgooner says:

      Why chelsea is being considered as a team to beat. They have a very thin squad and nothing is going right for them right now in the transfer window. And as far as man utd are concerned they invest heavily on every transfer window but always come up short. Chelsea and man utd have to play CL this year hazard and pogba won’t be playing day in and day out. Only team we have to worry about are Spuds and Man city.
      We have a very good team. Only thing we lack is winning mentality both in players and fans. Just 1 quality addition in midfield and provided Sanchez stay we will have a complete squad.

  3. Nothing changed says:

    I have said it many times, it depends on which Sanchez we get, the one that will die for the club and play injured? Or the one that doesn’t want to risk injury and falls “sick” often just to save himself for the world cup and his next team. Remember come January he will be free to talk to his new club. Could all be a big distraction for the squad. For me, it doesn’t seem worth the risk. Had we signed a replacement I could have lived with him leaving. A player like Lemar might be twice as expensive next season and out of our price range.

    To me, we continue to make poor decisions in the transfer department. We should have unloaded more players by now, we should have been more decisive on Lemar/Mahrez and IMO we should have been pragmatic on Sanchez.

    But even with Sanchez, I don’t see us challenge. Look at the bizarre lineup yesterday. It is great we won the “trophy”. But had this been the PL we played to a draw and Chelsea was with 10 men for some time? For me, if you understand and know Arsenal you won’t talk about winning the PL until we are within 3 points come March next year.

  4. Waal2waal says:

    sanchaz is sooo last season – theres a new kid on the block now its lacazette. LACAZETTE, learn that!!

  5. Who said Arsene can't do grime? says:

    He was here last season and we weren’t title contenders

  6. John Ibrahim says:

    Till Sep 1 … anything can happen

    will it be a triple sale of Sanchez, Ozil and Ox or a 125m write off ???

  7. WengerBooi says:


    Elneny ran for a full 90mins..not stop. deserves credit

  8. Kedar Damle says:

    I don’t think so this is our best squad after invincibles because biggest area where we are lacking is heart of the team and that is Centre Midfield… There is a simple question to prove my point that do we have Viera in our team?? and answer says everything…

  9. john says:

    It be good news if he decided to see out his contract then offered him a new improve contract with Alexis Sanchez Ozil and lazaette up front you got a lethal strike force, bring in lemar and mahrez and we can challenge for the title

    1. Korede says:

      What is Mahrez?

  10. pubgooner says:

    Do not hallucinate!! AS is gone by Aug31. Wiggy will never give up on 50m. He is a born businessman.

  11. Simon says:

    If Sanchez stays – we’ll need a very good season from our mid-field or re-enforcements –

    And yes we will be genuine title contenders-

    Biggest squad ever, smallest competitive fixture list, and best line up since invincibles


    1. Ignasi M says:

      Yeah, true! The competition for places will hopefully benefit us! We have at least two good players in ever position. Good thing to know is that Lacazette will be under pressure!

  12. Aussie Jack says:

    Sanchez staying is good news for football, not so good for bean counters.

  13. smokescreen says:

    sell Walcott

  14. smokescreen says:

    ANYOnE ELSE FRAUSTRATED THAT WALCOTT IS STILL AT arsenal.the guy comes as a sub,then he goes into hes usuall mode…running from the ball,cant driblle,..losing the ball.i mean how long will we put up with this guy…Get Mahrez already

    1. waal2waal says:

      ..TW outfield contribution is sloppy: his penalty was taken with class

  15. Ignasi M says:

    I wouldn’t say ‘title hopes’. Five reasons: 1) our defence lacks organisation when key personal are missing (although having regular back line will help stop this); 2) we still play the old tiki taka rule game which doesn’t work so well against the bigger teams; 3) we will have key injuries to players at the wrong times; 4) too many suicidal back passes in midfield against better opposition picks us off; 5) jury still out on Lacazette

    Definitely top 4 with Sanchez though. The better question is: ‘is our defence better than Man city or Man Utd’s’? Not sure about Chelsea this season, Pool will compete if Mane and Coutinho can stay fit. Hope we compete, but not sure about this year – never say never though.

  16. McLovin says:

    Team for the 17/18 season:

    GK Cech
    GK Ospina

    RB Bellerin
    RWB OX
    CB Koscielny
    CB Mustafi
    CB Holding
    CB Chambers
    CB Mertesacker
    CB Gabriel
    LB Monreal
    LWB Kolasinac

    CDM Elneny
    CDM Coquelin
    CM Ramsey
    CM Xhaka
    CM Cazorla
    CAM Özil
    CAM Iwobi

    FW Sanchez
    ST Giroud
    ST Lacazette
    ST Welbeck

    25 man squad + use Macey as 3rd choice GK and Nelson frequently in the first team. Oh and if we get that Sancho kid, he could be used in the first XI as well. He looks ready.

    Debuchy, Jenkinson, Walcott/Wilshere, Gibbs, Campbell, Perez.

  17. Sandeep says:

    Barca after coutinho news are active in recent days not of Sanchez and no other team needs big signing as all have almost done there business.

    1. Ignasi M says:

      Would feel sorry for Pool if they lose Coutinho – he’s at the cusp of becoming world class, right? Not sure who they could get in of that calibre and hit the ground running before window closes.

      At least it will benefit us and i can see arsenal finishing above pool, only if coutinho goes though.

      1. stubill says:

        Never feel sorry for the Victims. Their fans are scum, the whole club are scum.

  18. AndersS says:

    I think we still need to see, if he really he is staying, and if he is, whether he will actually be giving 100%.
    But even with a 100% committed Sanchez in the team, I honestly can’t see how we are going to challenge for the title unless something changes.
    The reason why we moved further backwards last season was giving away too many goals. That is the undeniable fact, and I really don’t see any real improvements in our defensive organization.
    Also, I don’t see any neutrals believing we are title contenders art the moment.

    1. Incarnate says:

      I’m guessing the neutrals believed Leicester was up for the title? If you have the right mix of ingredients especially motivation, you are in with a shout, Wenger has this season and the next to salvage what remains of his legacy of two decades, he only found out with the intensity #wengerout last season that his legacy is at risk of getting tarnished.

      1. AndersS says:

        You are right of course regarding Leicester.
        However, I think we are seeing the same all over again. We fail to do what is neccessary to address the problems, we have. For something like 10-12 years both neutrals and some fans have been saying we are short of being among the absolute favorites for the title. Only Wenger and us fans seem to believe, that even though we are lacking, it will somehow turn out differently.

      2. Ignasi M says:

        Motivation, yes but also tactical and organisational knowledge. The latter we are definitely lacking, although some of it is focus-based (e.g. switching off, real time positional unawareness). Really wish Tony Adams and Vieira/Petit would have been defence coaches.

  19. Coldzero says:

    Alexi will not be an Arsenal player by 31 AUG. He will be gone.

    His body language yesterday said it all, he doesn’t want to be there. I would prefer if we don’t buy anyone to let one of the kids take his place rather than have a player not won’t to be there.

    It’s about time we stopped blowing smoke up his backside and sick of hearing about him. He was with us last season and the one before that wasn’t he? We didn’t win the EPL then no matter how great he thinks he is. Just like if he goes to city etc there is no guarantee he will win it there either.

    Sick of the bloke, drop the histrionics, the flu face, the hand wringing and glove throwing- if you don’t want to play for the club get out as no one is bigger than the club!

    He will not be with us by the end of August and i for one couldn’t care less, would rather watch one of the kids take his place like Nelson etc- at least they want to be there.

  20. Chuks says:

    Alexis is staying

  21. John says:

    You win titles with a very good defense……….a strong midfield……..very rare do you win with offensive power……

    1. Mike says:

      You win title by out scoring your opponents (goals =being offensive)

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