Alexis Sanchez has yet to sign a new contract with Arsenal.
Throughout the summer months, Arsenal fans lived in fear of Alexis Sanchez’s possible departure from Arsenal. Although most fans believed the Chilean attacker wouldn’t leave the Emirates, Juventus were in the process of selling Paul Pogba to Manchester United for £89 million, meaning few players were out of their reach.
As a result, Arsenal fans were relieved when it became clear that Juventus had shifted their interest toward Gonzalo Higuaín.
Nevertheless, the issue of Sanchez’s contract remained outstanding, and despite Arsenal indicating that the club were set to begin negotiations with player, nothing concrete has since emerged to indicate that the Chilean will in fact sign a new deal.
Indeed it would appear that negotiations could yet become bogged down before they even begin, after the Daily Star revealed Sanchez is demanding a £35,000 pay rise.
Although this would appear to be an insignificant figure given the amount of money now available to the Premier League’s top clubs, despite their recent transfer splurge, Arsenal remain characteristically frugal and may have reservations over handing Sanchez a pay rise that would see his earnings increase from £140,000 per week to £175,000.
Yet as Sanchez has scored 43 times in 97 appearances since joining Arsenal in 2014, including the equaliser against Paris Saint-Germain last night, some are likely to argue that Arsenal should just give the player what he wants.