Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said that the Alexis Sanchez shift saga won’t be an interruption to Arsenal this season as the Chile gave a negative response to sign a new contract.
The Chile man is out of contract at the end of the forthcoming season and he displays no signs of accepting Arsenal’s offer of a profitable new deal as tried to engineer a shift to a club in the Champions League.
The club like Manchester City, Paris Saint Germain, Chelsea, Juventus and Bayern Munich have been linked with Sanchez, however, manager Wenger appears strong-minded to hold Sanchez for the last year of his deal, as he hopes he could persuade him to stay for the long-term.
Along with Sanchez, both Arsenal midfielders Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Mesut Ozil are also in the final year’s contracts.
When asked about whether he was concerned, Arsenal Manager Wenger said “When you are a player you perform until the last day of the contract. Do you really think you sit in the dressing room before a game and say ‘oh I’ve only got a year to go on my contract so I won’t play well.’”
Wenger added, “If that was true we would sign everybody for 20 years. I’m not convinced the length of the contract has any impact on the performance. I am amazed that you are surprised by that. It’s an ideal situation. Everybody has to perform.”
Earlier Wenger has sold Samir Nasri and Robin van Persie to avoid losing them for free when their contract expired. But this time, Wenger is inflexible sticking his power over Sanchez and Gunners boss even stated that it was a good position for player and club to have just one year left.
Wenger said “In the future, you will see it more and more, players going to the end of the contract. Why? Because transfers are so high even for normal players. Nobody will want to pay those fees.”
“Nobody knows if Sanchez will extend his contract here. What can I do about that? One day he will go and Arsenal will go on. Of course, I think he will stay. How many times do I have to tell you?” said Wenger.
Talking about Sanchez, he said “Sanchez is not back (in the country). He comes back on Monday night. I don’t know (if he can play in the first game of the season). We have to assess his physical state.”
Wenger said about the last season performance and he is confident that his team could perform well this season. “I’m sure we will have done the needed work. Last season some players had a deficit in minutes played because it was after the European Championships.”
He added, “We have more players ready now. We should be ready, even though we have a tough start.”