Arsenal playmaker Alexis Sanchez is thought to be the subject of interest of two big clubs across Europe, with Spain’s Atletico Madrid and France’s Paris Saint-Germain both keen on signing the winger this summer.
Sanchez has been in phenomenal form for the Gunners this season, scoring a jaw-dropping 15 goals and notching 13 assists in 26 appearances in all competitions.
Such scintillating display is thought to have Ligue 1’s Paris Saint-Germain drooling at the prospect of bringing that lethal striking prowess to the Parc des Princes. Indeed, according to French outlet Maxifoot, PSG are ready to spend £60m for the winger, whose contract expires in 2018.
Meanwhile, La Liga stalwarts Atletico are also keeping tabs on Sanchez. According to Spanish news site Don Balon, Los Rojiblancos fear their star man Antoine Griezmann is set to leave the club this January. They find Sanchez as a viable replacement for the Frenchman.
Arsenal, however, should not let the huge sum of money being offered for Sanchez blind them into letting go of their Spanish star. Sanchez has been pivotal in their quest for a top four finish this season. True enough, Sanchez is their top league scorer with 13 goals. Furthermore, he is also their top provider, with seven assists. In a club whose average shot accuracy is 46%, you can’t afford to let go of such a clinical finisher.
It is Sanchez’s form that has maintained Arsenal’s chances of finishing in a Champions League place. If not for the Spaniard, Arsenal would be lower in the table than they are in right now. As it stands, they are in fifth place with 41 points after 20 games, a point shy of fourth-place Manchester City and eight points adrift of leaders Chelsea.
Arsenal also don’t have a viable replacement in their squad ready to act in Sanchez’s absence. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, despite his blistering speed, has not proven himself to be in the same calibre as the former Barcelona winger, and will not be able to provide the Gunners with as much firepower as Sanchez has so far this season.
The same can be said of the club’s other fringe players like Lucas Perez and Alex Iwobi – both of whom need more playing time and experience in Arsene Wenger’s system to be able to fully display their capabilities.
Should Arsenal let go of Sanchez either this month or in the summer, Wenger will have an almost insurmountable problem trying to replace such a brilliant player.