There was tabloid talk this morning that Arsenal had tied up a deal to keep Alexis Sanchez at the club until 2019 on crazy money.
And, Arsenal fans surely wouldn’t give a monkeys what they were paying him as long as he signed on the dotted line – The Chilean has been so important to Arsenal that would suggest he has saved Arsene Wenger’s job.
But the boss confirmed, in his weekly press conference on Thursday morning, that neither Sanchez or Mesut Ozil had yet signed new deals:
“We have not started to talk about that with Mesut Ozil,” he said, speaking at his press conference ahead of Saturday’s trip to West Brom. “[Sanchez] is the same situation – at the end of the year they have two-and-a-half years’ contract.”
“We have some time. We are not in a hurry. We want of course for them to stay in the club, adn we’ll start negotiations at some stage, but at the moment we have not started.”
While Ozil is something of an acquired taste, we have to admit concern about Alexis Sanchez.
His form has been so good since he left Barcelona that the Catalans must feel that they made a mistake in selling him.
And he’s god enough to play for any team in the world with his pace, work rate, goals and assists – he’s scored 32 goals in just 69 games for Arsenal which is remarkable for a Premier League winger.
With Real Madrid looking as if they will invest heavily in their attacking areas again in the summer, we would advise that Arsenal tie the genius down to a massive new contract sooner rather than later to keep the wolves at bay.