Date: 4th August 2017 at 1:53pm
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Alexis Sanchez has been agitating for a move away from The Emirates this summer but Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has dug his heels in and refused to sell. After years of losing his best players to domestic rivals he has finally decided enough is enough and appears hell-bent on keeping the Chilean superstar. Wenger could expect at least £50 million for Sanchez this summer, with Man City heading the list of suitors, and risks losing him on a free transfer next summer as he only has a year left on his contract. Yet Sanchez could fire Arsenal back into the Champions League, with all the riches that brings, so keeping hold of him could actually benefit the club economically, and it shows resolve and ambition. Arsenal fans can rejoice if Wenger refuses to let Sanchez become the next Robin van Persie, Samir Nasri or Emmanuel Adebayor, and they might have a great chance of actually winning the title next season if he stays. And there are several reasons why it would make sense for Sanchez to stick around at The Emirates:

1. He is the big fish at Arsenal

Sanchez hates being substituted. Absolutely hates it. Gets in a right strop, rolls his eyes and wears a face like thunder as he sulks on the bench. Even worse for the Chilean is being left out of the starting 11 altogether, even if it`s an FA Cup tie against Sutton Utd. He is like the Energizer Bunny and loathes inactivity: when club officials told him to rest his battered body, they found him sprinting on a treadmill, on maximum incline, wearing a weighted vest. At Arsenal he is pretty much guaranteed to start, even if there is plenty of competition. At Man City he would be competing for one of three places with Sergio Aguero, Gabriel Jesus, Bernardo Silva, Raheem Sterling and Kevin De Bruyne and might not get as much game time.

2. He left Barcelona for a reason

Sanchez left Barcelona because they assembled an attacking triumvirate of Lionel Messi, Neymar and Luis Suarez and there was no room for him. As wonderful a player as he is, he may struggle to get into some of the world`s best sides, where the competition is intense. Apart from Man City, clubs like PSG are said to be interested (and selling to a foreign suitor would be hugely preferable to Arsenal), but they are spending money like it is going out of fashion, with Neymar heavily linked, and Sanchez may not be an automatic starter. In a World Cup year, he needs game time to stay match fit for the big games in Russia.

3. He can make Arsenal into a force

If Sanchez stays, Arsenal could be extremely dangerous next season, with Sanchez dovetailing with £52 million signing Alexandre Lacazette and Mesut Ozil feeding them through balls. Arsenal are ambitious now and being linked with top players like Thomas Lemar and Kylian Mbappe. Wenger is buying for the present rather than the future and – without the distraction of Champions League football – they could mount a very serious title challenge indeed. The latest Sun Bets football betting markets have Arsenal at 12/1 to win the title and that looks an interesting bet given their newfound ambition. Sanchez is desperate for Champions League football, and Arsenal have secured that for 20 of Wenger`s 21 seasons in charge, and should soon be back, so a little patience could pay off on Sanchez`s part.

4. It could make financial sense to stay

Sanchez has a year left on his contract and Arsenal are said to be offering him a huge £275,000 a week package to stay. Sanchez can bide his time and consider his options, and in January he would be able to start negotiating with all clubs ahead of a summer Bosman transfer. By that time, Arsenal could be top of the table and he might decide to stay long-term. But if not, he can expect a monster contract wherever he goes as the club that signs him would save on a transfer fee.

5. Arsenal might actually be the best place for him

Sanchez has always impressed, at Udinese and Barcelona, but he is currently in the form of his life and Arsenal`s free-flowing, attacking game suits his attributes. Rival teams change their coaches with alarming regularity and Sanchez could soon find himself in a system where he has to track back all the time, and may end up yearning to be back at The Emirates, where he spends his time being given the ball and allowed to terrorise defenders. If he stays he can become a club legend and spur the club towards silverware.

Author bio

Martin Green is an experienced sports writer and has been covering the Premiership for many years. He is an Arsenal fan and hopes Sanchez stays.

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