According talkSPORT, Arsenal have offered forward Alexis Sanchez a contract worth around £300k-a-year to stay past next summer. Manager Arsene Wenger has repeatedly said the Chilean international would not be sold before his contract with the club expires and it appears Arsenal are still holding out hope that he could yet commit his future and put pen to paper on an extension.
In an interview with SFR Sport 1, Wenger’s believed to have said: “He’s an Arsenal player in the short term. Now, will we manage to extend his contract? We didn’t manage to do that last season so I’m not super optimistic in that regard, but we have the firm intention of not selling him.”
It’s certainly wishful thinking by the club, but given Sanchez’s form last season for the Gunners, he’s arguably worth it. The 28-year-old scored and created 34 goals in 38 Premier League games last season, helping Arsenal to a third FA Cup in four campaigns, but couldn’t get them over the line in the race for a top-four finish.
Arsenal were reported to have previously offered Sanchez a contract worth £225k-per-week, but now his latest deal could see him taking home £15.6m-a-year. Sanchez’s qualms with the club aren’t believed to be about money, however. The former Barcelona man wants to win major silverware, something he so far hasn’t done in his three seasons at the Emirates Stadium.
Sanchez is currently out of the firing line too as he’s been ruled out for two weeks with an abdominal injury. His side will prepare for their Premier League opener without him tonight, with Arsenal are 1/2 to win against Leicester City. But will Sanchez sign a new deal with the club?