Good news for Arsenal!
Arsene Wenger held a very early press conference on Wednesday, for the Gunners match against Stoke on Saturday.
Gooners have already pointed out how Arsenal will likely face new boy Jese Rodriguez but they did secure a fine win at the Britannia last season.
As is now standard in an Arsene Wenger presser, the Gunners boss was asked about Alexis Sanchez.
“He will be useful on the sporting side”
The Chilean superstar is out of contract at the end of this season and can agree a transfer to a new club from January 2018.
Wenger explained why Sanchez is staying but will likely leave on a free transer: “We have to make a choice between efficiency on the field and financial interest, and most of the time if you can find a good compromise it’s better. But in this case, I think I prioritise the fact that he will be useful on the sporting side.”
And, protecting the “sporting side” at Arsenal now appears to be key for Arsene Wenger. With Alexis Sanchez, The Oxlade-Chamberlain & Jack Wilshere set to stay.
Arsenal trio all odds-on to stay after the summer
Arsenal look set to keep hold of three huge names this summer, according to Ladbrokes.
Alexis Sanchez’s potential exit has been one of the talking points of the transfer window, but the bookies are now offering 4/7 on him staying at the Emirates.
Meanwhile, England stars Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Jack Wilshere are 8/11 and 10/11 respectively to still be Arsenal players after Deadline Day.
Alex Apati of Ladbrokes said: “Arsenal fans still have two weeks of nail-biting to see out, but the latest odds suggest interest in Sanchez is cooling down, while The Ox and Wilshere are seemingly staying put too.”
Ladbrokes Latest Betting on Sanchez, The Ox & Wilshere
Alexis Sanchez NOT to leave Arsenal this summer – 4/7
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain NOT to leave Arsenal this summer – 8/11
Jack Wilshere NOT to leave Arsenal this summer – 10/11