Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez made way for Danny Welbeck to lead the line in Monday’s Premier League clash with Crystal Palace, instead operating as a left-winger with license to cut inside on his favoured right foot. While a position the Chilean international has vast experience in, Sanchez has been full of goals since his move to a centre-forward, which raises the question why he’s no longer operating through the middle.
Arsenal’s abject performance in Monday night’s 3-0 defeat at Crystal Palace confirmed something to Gunners fans. It confirmed the fact that a lot of the current squad are not fit to wear the shirt, as the chant goes.
Palace simply wanted it more and played on Arsenal’s weaknesses. However, their approach was obvious from the start. They were going to hit Christian Benteke at every possible opportunity.
This is not the beautiful game at its best, but it’s highly effective, especially against a team that looked scared of the Belgian striker. Palace were deserved winners against an Arsenal side that simply did not look good enough.
Arsenal’s star forward Alexis Sanchez wants to stay at the north London club, according to Gunners boss Arsene Wenger.
At his weekly press conference, Wenger said: “I believe that he wants to stay at the club and it is about doing a deal with his agent,”
“The players have to see if they’re happy and find an agreement. Finances are also involved in that.”
Heavily linked with a summer move
Sanchez has been heavily linked with a summer move away from the Gunners, as his contract has just over a year left on it. Arsenal seem unlikely to let the Chilean run his contract down and allow him to leave next summer.
French champions Paris Saint-Germain are preparing a mega-money offer for Arsenal key man Alexis Sanchez, according to reports from the French media outlet Le 10 Sport.
The Chilean is reportedly a €65 million target for Les Parisiens, who are hoping the lucrative amount will be enough to persuade Arsenal to sell their prized possession.
Alexis Sanchez has been linked with Arsenal exit for quite some time now, with various reports of the player’s frustration with lack of results and ambition at the Emirates. The Chilean’s reported fallout with Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger was another key factor in the 28-year-old wanting to leave at the end of the season.
The North London club appear to be coming to terms with Alexis Sanchez leaving the club at the end of the season as there are currently no indications that the Chilean superstar is prepared to commit himself to a new contract at Arsenal.
Following months of negotiations, the contract talks have reached an impasse and it is now believed that the two parties will not be returning to the table to discuss Sanchez’s contract situation until the end of the season.
Alexis Sanchez has reportedly asked for weekly wages around £300,000, which would be more than double to his current wages standing at £130,000 a week.
Arsenal star forward Alexis Sanchez is Chelsea’s priority summer signing according to the Guardian. The report claims that Chelsea boss Antonio Conte has told the Blues hierarchy which players he hopes to sign in the summer, with the Italian currently in talks over a new contract extension.
Elsewhere, Spanish newspaper Sport claim that German giants Bayern Munich are actually the favourites to nab the Chilean this summer. It is looking increasingly likely the former Barcelona ace will be leaving north London in the near future, as he will have just 12 months left on his Gunners contract in the summer.
For a long time now the talk about Arsenal has been about whether boss Arsene Wenger would stay at the club this summer or whether Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil will decide to stay. It would seem unthinkable that the latter two will both leave.
However, with the months ticking down on the pair’s contracts, it seems more likely that they will be sold on in the summer.
Talks planned soon
Ozil has now stated that gave an indication that he will decide his future in the near future by telling German newspaper Die Welt: “Do you think Arsene Wenger tells the journalists [about my future] before he tells me? I know him differently.
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has been accused of not wanting to spend the clubs money. Yet two of the players he has spent big money on in recent seasons, Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez could well be leaving the club in the summer. Both players will have just 12 months left on their contracts in north London.
The announcement by Wenger that the club are going to leave the contract negotiations until the summer suggests that the pair could be on the verge of leaving the club.
They are special players
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has revealed contract talks with Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil will be in the summer. The two players have less than 18 months left on their respective deals and have stalled on extensions thus far. It was believed Arsenal failed to meet their demands but Sanchez and Ozil might now wait for the season to finish before deciding to commit their future.
Arsenal risk missing out on Champions League football for the first time in Wenger’s tenure at the club, which would almost certainly see the world-class duo leave this summer. And the Gunners boss admitted being unable to come to an agreement with the pair. “At the moment we have not got an agreement,” he said.
Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez picked up an ankle injury in Saturday’s 3-1 defeat to West Bromwich Albion and could well have suffered ligament damage, according to manager Arsene Wenger. The Chilean international picked up the knock after a challenge from Albion’s James McClean and was brought off in the second-half as a result.
After the game, Wenger admitted the player’s decision not to come off immediately after the challenge in the first-half had led to him exacerbating the problem, hinting that he could have ligament damage. “He stayed on but in the second half he was not himself. He just limped so I decided to take him off. And his ankle doesn’t look good. If the ligament is damaged, he will not play (for Chile during the upcoming international break).”