Former Arsenal defender, Martin Keown, has said that manager Arsene Wenger, will not allow Alexis Sanchez leave the club, because he wants to keep the best players at the Emirates.
Sanchez has one year left on his current deal with the Gunners, but Keown does not expect him to “down tools” if he doesn’t get a move away.
“Sanchez will be the one now which everyone talks about — and let’s see how Arsene Wenger handles that. He (Wenger) has his contract [extension], and I don’t think Wenger will be in any rush, he will want to keep the player,” Keown said.
“I think he [Sanchez] is going to play, wherever he is, I don’t think he is the sort of lad who will down tools.
“Wenger has two years to go now on his contract at Arsenal, and he will want that time spent with the best possible players – Sanchez is one of Europe’s best players.
“Arsene Wenger is a little bit different to a lot of the managers I played under, and he does have a special bond with his players. [Robin] van Persie had a heart-to-heart [talk] with Wenger, and he let him go.
“I feel this time around, he will not be letting him [Sanchez] or any of his other players go that he does not want to let go, and that is all time-linked to how long he has got left with Arsenal.”