As the clock winds down on Alexis Sanchez’ stay at Arsenal, manager Arsene Wenger has sought to shun off the fears of club fans who fear a repeat of the scenario that happened when former striker Robin van Persie moved away from the Emirates to Old Trafford
Arsenal faithfuls were bitter when the trasfer to United was finalized in 2012 while the Chile international forward Sanchez is tipped to follow the same path with United playmaker Henrikh Mkhitaryan set to go the opposite way.
“Sanchez will not extend his contract and I am very certain our fans know this and they have accepted that idea,” Wenger said.
“And the fact that it will not be one-way traffic, it will be other-way traffic as well [with Mkhitaryan], so that makes the whole thing a bit smoother maybe, a bit less disappointing. We lose a player yes, but we could gain another player of top level as well.
“When it was with Van Persie it was a similar case, in the fact that he had only one year to go. Maybe it was the first case where the big players, Van Persie was one of the first cases where a big player didn’t extend his contract and came close to the end of his contract.
“That will happen more and more. Because we arrive at a level where the money at stake for players who are free is so big, and the transfers are so big, that the players