We absolutely must. If PSG are interested and fork out the £70m (About one and a half Kyle Walkers), up sell our deadwood: “Would you like a Gibbs on the side with that, sir?”, and immediately reinvest the money in strengthening the squad; Lemar or Mahrez, a backup right-back and a Cazorla replacement, or maybe even another ‘keeper.
Wenger dropped the hammer on the Alexis saga earlier this week, firmly stating the Arsenal will not sell. That was, however, right before non-Premier League, sheikh-rich Paris Saint-Germaine came into the picture.
Selling Alexis to another Premier League team is out of the question of course, and running down his contract was the other option. But that leaves him with the possibility of re-joining Pep at Man City (and loads of money) or staying in London for League Champions Chelsea (also a lot of money). The Robin van Persie nightmare is enough to haunt me for a lifetime. Till this day, my United friends still thank me for that. Please, not again.
L’Equipe reports that the PSG Sporting Director was in London to discuss terms with the Chilean forward, some go to the extent of claiming that terms are agreed – leaving the final say to the club. As Arsene Wenger is currently with the squad in China, we will not hear of any definitive decision until they return, unless Ivan Gazidis makes the trip back on behalf of the Gaffer.
Keeping a player that is intent on leaving would most definitely damage morale in the dressing room, and further separate the fans, much like the lingering issue of contracts with the manager last season. Expect every goal miss and wayward pass by Sanchez to be scrutinized, attributing everything back to this decision.