Arsenal legend Ian Wright hasn’t been mincing his words over Alexis Sanchez of late and speaking ahead of the Gunners’ League Cup victory over West Ham on Tuesday, the former player took his ridicule up a few notches.
The Chile international has been the subject of much transfer speculation for well over a year now and as his current Arsenal deal winds down towards expiration at the end of the current season, there is still no resolution in sight.
As time drags on and fans are no closer to knowing just what is to become of the dynamic and talented 29-year-old, it appears the player’s form has been in something of a steady decline.
With only four goals so far this term, Sanchez has become almost anonymous at times on the field and his dramatic slump is seemingly matched only by his increasingly sullen demeanor.
Speaking to BBC Radio 5 Live, Wright emphatically decimated the Chilean and his attitude this term.
“The way he’s playing now, I can’t see how that is going to hurt Arsenal.”
Calling to question his efforts for the Gunners, Wright doesn’t believe he is ‘putting it in’.
“People looking in who are potential buyers, what are they thinking about him and his attitude?”
Having joined the London club in 2014, Sanchez has, until this season, been a goalscoring match-winner, a player who was tenacious on and off the ball. With 77 goals, his record and performance made him an easy fan-favourite.
Watching his almost disinterested efforts this season is both worrying and frustrating. If he is trying to force his way out of the club in January, he is certainly going about it in a risky way.
As Wright wondered, what would a prospective club think of the current Sanchez on display? Should they risk forking out considerable money in fees and wages for a player that could decide they wanted away and simply switched off, as he appears to have done of late?