With every Alexis Sanchez tantrum, most Arsenal fans will have given up a little bit more hope of keeping him at the club.
On the face of it, the Chilean’s relationship with Arsene Wenger this season has not been a happy one.
After the 3-3 draw with Bournemouth, the 28-year-old threw his gloves to the ground. In a 4-0 win over Swansea, he reacted furiously to being substituted.
And his face during the two 5-1 thrashings by Bayern Munich said everything there was to say about his current mindset.
However, Wenger – whose own future is still unclear and could depend on what happens this weekend against Manchester City – insists that it isn’t a foregone conclusion that Sanchez will be sold, despite having just a year left on his contract.
The Gunners boss told a press conference:
“Personally I think he is happy here. We haven’t extended his contract yet but I hope he will stay at the club.
Wenger was responding to rumours of Alexis attracting interest from Chelsea after the player confirmed he’d like to stay living in London, but on that subject, the Frenchman quipped:
“There’s only one team in London, so he’s happy.”
Fans will fear a repeat of the heartache that has seen key players like Robin van Persie and Cesc Fabregas leave in recent years, but Wenger insists that Arsenal are now in a much better financial position than they were back then.
“That is true [players have moved to rival clubs], it happened before when we were in positions financially to sell our best players, but that is not the case anymore,” he added.