Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has shed clear light on the frustrating situation around the Alexis Sanchez’s contract conundrum, which has left many Gunners supporters fearing the Chilean star could force his way out of the Emirates club at the end of the season.
It is a familiar fear for Arsenal supporters who have experienced it all once before.
It was in 2012 when former Arsenal captain Robin van Persie decided to call it quits on his Arsenal career with 12 month still in his contract as he made clear that a new contract will not be signed.
Dutch international managed to force through a £24 million move to Premier League rivals Manchester United and Arsenal supporters are rightfully fearing similar scenario could repeat itself with Alexis Sanchez.
The Arsenal star striker is wanted by both Chelsea and Manchester City, but Arsene Wenger has moved on to confirm that he would not be selling his top asset to a league rival.
In fact, Wenger claims Alexis Sanchez would not be sold at all as the Frenchman appears to be keen to hold on to the Chilean until the end of his contract and risk losing him for free next year.
“If he doesn’t sign a new deal, will I make him stay? Yes. Would I rather keep him than sell him to a Premier League rival? Yes.”, Wenger explained.
The 28-year-old striker has put talks over a new contract at Arsenal on hold until the end of the season, which ended up being another worrying signal for the Arsenal faithful, but Arsene Wenger is convinced that Alexis Sanchez’s desire is to stay with the Gunners.
“I think he will sign and stay because, first of all, he is happy here. His desire is to stay. That is what I deeply believe. The disagreements are purely contractual – not on the desire. Both parties have the desire to find an agreement, so I think it will happen.”, Wenger added.
Alexis Sanchez has been in lethal form for Arsenal this season, scoring 24 goals in all competitions and tying him on a new deal could be a crucial piece of business from the Gunners ahead of the new transfer market.
Arsenal’s efforts will undoubtedly depend on the standings as it would be extremely hard to keep the Chilean – and Mesut Ozil, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain – without the Champions League football.