Football

Alexis Sanchez.

The two reasons why Alexis Sanchez is stalling new Arsenal contract

Published Add your comment

Football News
24/7

With just 18 months remaining on his current Arsenal deal, Alexis Sanchez's problematic contract situation will be starting to worry Arsene Wenger.

The Frenchman has made it very clear that he wants his Chilean star to extend his stay but, for one reason or another, he's yet to put pen to paper.

Fans and the media alike have speculated what the problem is, with many pointing towards Arsenal's lack of silverware as the issue.

SUBMIT AN ARTICLE

Apply to become a GMS writer by signing up and submitting a 250-word test article: http://gms.to/haveyoursay5

Article continues below

However, according to the Mirror's chief football writer John Cross, that's far from the case.

Speaking on Sky Sports' Sunday Supplement, Cross insisted Sanchez is happy in north London but documented the two factors preventing him from signing a new deal.

Article continues below

"Of the two players Arsenal are trying to negotiate with at the moment - [Mesut] Ozil and Sanchez - Ozil is much more likely to sign," he said.

"I think Ozil will sign, but Sanchez is a bit more problematic. He has just 18 months left now. He is a very good player, he had a very good first season and was not so good last season - it was disrupted by injury.

"And I still think it's a little bit up in the air over whether he will sign. I think there is some doubt over whether Sanchez stays or goes.

Arsenal v Tottenham Hotspur - Premier League

"He's on £130,000-a-week at the moment and wants in excess of £200,000-a-week, and also in the mix I understand he wants some sort of buy-out clause, which would give him the ability to get away if the right move comes along.

"Ozil is stealing the limelight and I think he will definitely get in excess of £200,000-a-week. Whether Sanchez does too, we will see.

"Ozil already earns slightly more than Sanchez, which is an unusual situation because normally the superstar striker is the biggest earner at the club.

"Sanchez is happy in London as I understand it, but I think he is a little bit more restless than Ozil. I'm not saying he's desperate to get away, but Arsenal have more of a battle on their hands to keep Sanchez."

Arsenal v Chelsea - Premier League

So, let's recap. According to Cross, Sanchez's contract talks have stalled for two reasons: he wants a buy-out clause inserted into any deal and to be joint-top earner with Ozil.

If you were Wenger, wouldn't you just say yes to the Chilean's demands? This is a world-class forward we're talking about after all.

The buy-out clause shouldn't worry fans - it's little more than a safety net - and it's completely understandable for Sanchez to want more money as one of Arsenal's best players.

Do YOU want to write for GiveMeSport? Get started today by signing-up and submitting an article HERE: http://gms.to/writeforgms

Topics:
Thierry Henry
Alexis Sanchez
Football
Premier League
Mesut Özil
Arsene Wenger
UEFA Champions League
Theo Walcott
Arsenal

Article Comments

Report author of article

Please let us know if you believe this article is in violation of our editorial policy, please only report articles for one of the following reasons.

Report author

DISCLAIMER

This article has been written by a member of the GiveMeSport Writing Academy and does not represent the views of GiveMeSport.com or SportsNewMedia. The views and opinions expressed are solely that of the author credited at the top of this article. GiveMeSport.com and SportsNewMedia do not take any responsibility for the content of its contributors.

Want more content like this?

Like our GiveMeSport Facebook Page and you will get this directly to you.

Already Subscribed to Facebook, don't ask me again

Follow GiveMeSport on Twitter and you will get this directly to you.

Already Following, don't ask me again

Like our GiveMeSport Page and you will get this directly to you.

Already Subscribed to G+, don't ask me again