Arsenal's dismal campaign is threatening to get even worse after Bayern Munich made a discreet enquiry for their star player Alexis Sanchez.
According to The Mirror, Sanchez has landed on the radar on Germany's biggest club and it is easy to see how the situation could easily fall out of Arsene Wenger's control.
The Chilean became Arsenal's second most expensive player in 2014 after he agreed a £33million deal to sign from Barcelona. He has gone on to score 41 goals for the club across two campaigns and is widely considered to be their best attacking player.
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As a result of his fine form, the Gunners are current trying to tie Sanchez down to a new long-term contract. He has two years left on his £130,000-a-week deal but Arsenal are willing to offer him as much as £150,000-a-week if he commits his future to the north London club.
However, interest from Bayern Munich could cause Arsenal a big problem. Should Sanchez refuse to sign a new deal, they will be left with a big decision to make this summer. Allowing the 27-year-old's contract to run towards its final 12 months could force Arsenal into selling him for significantly less that his market value in 2017.
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And it seems Bayern are already starting a charm offensive with their midfielder Arturo Vidal publically calling for Sanchez, his international team-mate, to join him at the Allianz Arena.
Speaking last week, Vidal told reporters: "We've played together since the Under-20 international team, so it would be nice to play with him."
And why would Sanchez not be tempted by a move to Bayern Munich? The Bavarian giants are almost guaranteed to win the Bundesliga every season and can offer a serious chance of winning the Champions League too.
In comparison, Arsenal are likely to start next season as third or even fourth favourites to win the Premier League title with Manchester United, Manchester City and Chelsea all expected to invest heavily on strengthening their squads. And while they are likely to qualify for Europe's elite competition, their chances of winning it lie somewhere between slim and none.
Sanchez's decision could be heavily influenced by Mesut Ozil, who, alongside the forward, is one of Arsenal's few world-class players. Ozil is also reported to be in contract negotiations with the Gunners and his decision to extend his current deal could convince Sanchez to stay.
Similarly, should Sanchez be swayed by interest from Bayern, it could force Ozil to reconsider as well. The German is not believed to be inspiring interest from anywhere at the moment but that would soon change if his intention to leave is made clear.
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