Arsene Wenger says he doesn’t understand why people are so anxious about the fact Alexis Sanchez has not put pen-to-paper on a new deal at the Emirates.
Talks about a contract extension have been put on hold until the end of the season leading to renewed speculation that the Chilean international will push for a move this summer. Chelsea, Paris Saint Germain and Juventus are touted as leading contenders for the 28-year-old’s signature.
Quizzed about the importance of Sanchez pledging his future to the club, Wenger – choosing to ignore the premature sale of previous ‘contract rebels’ – framed his response around the player’s short-term on-pitch commitment. He did much the same in December too.
“He has one and a half years [left on his] contract, I don’t see what suddenly all that debate is about,” Wenger told press ahead of West Ham’s visit to the Emirates on Wednesday.
“We are professional football people. Our job is to perform so long as we are somewhere.
“When I sign a contract I commit until the last day of my contract, that is what it is to be professional.
“I do not understand this kind of anxiety one and a half years before the end of contracts. It’s absolutely denying what a professional guy is about.”
While there are some sections of the media questioning whether Alexis is running his socks off for the Gunners cause, in this instance it’s fair to say the concern (and the angle the journalist was trying to work on this occasion) is more about whether or not Arsenal Football Club will sell their star man to a potential rival this summer with a view to cashing in on him before he’s allowed to leave on a free in July 2018.
And the reason for that concern is very much down to our history of doing exactly that with Messrs Nasri and van Persie.
Wenger has previously suggested that Alexis and Ozil will be kept until the end of their current deals although that was a while ago and the power definitely feels like it has shifted to the players.