Alexis Sanchez has dropped the biggest hint yet that he will pen a new deal at Arsenal. The Gunners striker is hugely influential in Arsene Wenger’s title-chasing outfit and speculation has been rife of late that he could be on the move since he has yet to sign an extension to his current contract.
A big money move to China has been mooted but up until now little has been said by the Chilean hotshot on his plans for the future and, more specifically, if they involve staying in north London for a good few years yet.
That is until now. For the livewire goal-getter has admitted that he is happy at the Emirates Stadium and he has also spoken of his partnership with Arsenal’s other special talent, the mercurial Mesut Ozil. He, too, is being urged to extend his stay at Arsenal and discussions are no doubt on-going, with those who wield power at the club trying desperately to orchestrate such a deal.
And Sanchez says he is committed to maintaining the Gunners’ challenge at the top of the Premier League table — they are currently sitting eight points behind league leaders Chelsea — and in Europe.
“I feel really happy and comfortable at the club. I want to give the supporters a new title. We always get our fans’ support through thick and thin, which is great. We must win the Premier League or Champions League for them.”
Meanwhile, Sanchez says he delighted to have been able to develop such a fantastic understanding with playmaker Ozil.
“Mesut is a quality player and he really enjoys playing football. I always tell him to enjoy it and not get too worried about scoring. If he enjoys it he can score more like the one against Ludogorets where he dribbled past two defenders and the goalkeeper.”
“His goal against Ludogorets is the kind of goal every player dreams of. I feel very comfortable playing alongside him. He has a great vision and there’s no need to praise his great touch because everyone knows about it.”
There is a good chance that both Sanchez and Ozil will be rested when Arsenal are next in action in an FA Cup fourth round tie at Southampton on Saturday, with Arsene Wenger mindful of over-extending his best players.
However, they are sure to be back from the off when Arsenal host Watford in the Premier League on Tuesday.