A bizarre story from the Irish Sun, originally broken by the Times, tells of a group Arsenal fans who were told that Alexis Sanchez was leaving by club officials while on a stadium tour. Stranger still, it was a Young Gunners group on the tour. Emirates staff members told them that Sanchez would not be signing a new deal with the club.
This report follows months of speculation about Sanchez’s future. The Chilean attacker has been in a long drawn-out contract saga with the club. His current deal expires in 2018. He wants a significant pay rise before renewing his deal. It would be a wage that reflects his status as one of the world’s best players, in the region of £250,000-a-week.
Arsenal are reluctant to bow to his wage demands (or those of Mesut Ozil) as they don’t want to break their current wage structure. This reluctance is due to the illegal way that people are watching sport.