By Reece Dixon
Arsene Wenger has made it explicitly clear that Alexis Sanchez is staying this season. However is the Gunners boss making the right call?
The Chilean, who was sublime yet again for Arsenal last campaign has remained coy at best in regards to his future.
Sanchez was handed an extended break by Arsenal after taking his national side to the Confederations Cup final last month. The 28 year-old was due to return to training last weekend ahead of this Sunday’s Community Shield match, but after apparently suffering with illness, he finally flew in on Tuesday.
According to reports, the talisman may not need worry about preparing for a new Premier League season. That’s because Monaco are expected to test Arsenal’s nerve with a £45m bid for the player, accompanied by a £300,000-per-week salary.
The Gunners star was pictured kissing the Arsenal badge at the Members’ Day on on Thursday.
— Urban Arsenal (@ArsenalUrban) August 3, 2017
Sanchez has entered the final year of his contract and some Gooners are calling for Wenger to cash in on the player, whilst he still can. Selling to Monaco would mean to keep the talisman away from the clutches of domestic rivals Manchester City and Chelsea, while it could also help facilitate a deal for current target Thomas Lemar.
Arsenal have so far had two offers turned down for the 21 year-old by the Ligue 1 champions, who are determined to either get their monies worth or maintain his services this season.
Wenger has insisted he fully expects Sanchez to at least see out the remaining year of his current deal, but with the pursuit of Lemar in doubt, should he capitalise on an opportunity to choose Sanchez’s next destination?
The star’s contract situation means we could see a straight swap between the clubs.
Thoughts, Gooners? Is Lemar a suitable replacement for Sanchez? Would Sanchez warrant more or less than a straight swap? Or is he simply not for sale?
Let us know in the comments…