Arsenal legend Ian Wright is baffled by the current state of affairs.

Ian Wright hits out at Arsenal for keeping Alexis Sanchez

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After spending the whole summer praying that Alexis Sanchez wouldn't leave Arsenal, Gunners fans are now left with mixed emotions as he's staying put.

With the Chilean in the final year of his contract, the club risk losing him for nothing at the end of the season, when they could have raked in £60million by selling him to Manchester City on Deadline Day.

Even before he confirmed publicly that he wanted to play for a Champions League, it was all too clear that the forward no longer wanted to be in north London.

There were several displays of petulance last season; throwing his gloves to the floor against Bournemouth, sulking under a coat against Swansea despite his side winning 4-0.

Arsene Wenger has moved to assure fans that his star man will be focused for the remainder of the season, but only time will tell if that's true.

You can't help but feel a few more performances like the one against Liverpool last weekend and it won't be long before he starts kicking off.

The 28-year-old's attitude threatens to cast a cloud over what's already shaping up to be a difficult campaign, which is why Ian Wright has branded the decision to keep him "just ridiculous".

"It did not make any sense in football or financial terms," Wright said in his Sun column.

"Whether it is chief executive Ivan Gazidis or someone else who is in charge of the comings and goings, they need to be held to account for this total shambles.

Arsenal could end up with nothing 

"Why would you refuse to sell Sanchez for £60million, just because you think he is a £100m player? If he had another three years left on his contract, yeah, hold out for every penny you can get.

"But we all know he’s off whatever happens next summer, so Arsenal are probably going to end up with sweet FA for him.

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"And for what? Do they really think that for the next eight months he is going to be the player he was a couple of seasons ago? Good luck with that one."

The legendary striker hit out at Arsenal for allowing nine players to enter the final year of their contracts, without there being any real urgency to tie them down.

Sanchez staying put hasn't actually silenced speculation over his future, as it still seems inevitable he'll be a City player this time next year.

Do you think Arsenal were wrong to keep Sanchez? Have your say in the comments. 

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