Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal have a tough task ahead of them when they travel to the Selhurst Park on Monday but the manager seems to have a tougher task on his hand at the end of the season.
That is if he is staying.
Even as Arsene Wenger’s future is still unclear, Arsenal seem to have similar issues to worry about in the squad as well.
Former La Liga duo Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez have been the most important players for the Gunners this season and before but neither has gone forward to sign an extension with the club.
While Mesut Ozil seems to be coy about his future, Sanchez seems to be making headlines every other day.
The Chilean recently revealed that he is happy in London but is yet to put pen to paper.
In a recent interview, Sanchez said:
‘I am happy in London and I hope to finish my contract at Arsenal,’ Sanchez said at a press event in Santiago.
‘I want to stay in a winning team and keep playing in the same city. I want to play in a team that has aspirations
‘I’m 28 years old, I still have a lot ahead of me. I am a player who takes great care of himself.’
So, Arsenal are anxious and are constantly reminding the press that he is not up for sale this summer.
However, reports from Cooperativa claim that the 27-year old is on his way out of the club and is close to joining former boss Pep Guardiola at the Etihad.
The Citizens are in a decent position to qualify for the Champions League and it is understood that Sanchez is now inclining towards a once-Catalan reunion in Manchester.
The Chilean has less than 18 months left on his contract and Arsenal could lose him at around £50m and this has seen a host of clubs, including Juventus, Paris Saint-Germain, Bayern Munich, Manchester United and few clubs in China already register their interest in the player.
But reports now suggest that Manchester City are ready to pay Sanchez nearly £200,000 a week to lure him to the Emirates. His price should hardly be a problem.
Sanchez joined Arsenal from Barcelona for £30m in 2014 and the English outfit will not want to risk him running down his contract and losing him for free.
But they are not ready to sell to their English rivals either making Juve and PSG interested.
However, with Pep Guardiola as a pulling factor, Arsenal may well have to lose to a straight top-4 rival next season.
Do you think Sanchez will join Manchester City this summer?