A 3-0 win at home to fellow Premier League title hopefuls Manchester United last time out has dispelled rumblings that Arsenal are set for another frustrating season under Arsene Wenger.
The manner of their first-half performance against Louis van Gaal’s men was highly impressive, with the hosts unplayable when they are in that mood. Although this team has had time together to grow, the star quality of Alexis Sanchez transforms the side from a good one to one that can win major silverware.
The way that the Chile international took his two goals against the Red Devils was frightening for the rest of the Premier League, with the former Barcelona man in scintillating form over recent weeks. Sanchez competed for his nation in the Copa America over the summer and as such did not have a proper pre-season for the Gunners, leading to worries he may not be able to replicate the devastating debut campaign he displayed last term.
These rumblings have been well and truly blown out of the water in the last month, with Sanchez showing that he is a world-class performer that would fit into just about any team on the planet. In excellent news for the Arsenal fans, the South American attacker has been speaking out about just how settled he is in London and his happiness at the Emirates Stadium outfit.
Despite the fact that the versatile forward has a number of years remaining on his current deal, rumours of a potential new contract for Sanchez, making him the club’s highest paid player ever, have also being doing the rounds.
With the ex-Udinese flyer in good form and happy at the club, it is the ideal time for Arsenal to open up new negotiations with the player and ensure that he remains a part of the team’s fabric for years to come.
The Gunners have been distracted over recent years by continual controversy and uncertainty over Theo Walcott’s future and the last thing that they need is the same scenario with arguably their best player.
The Emirates Stadium outfit have also had to watch on as the likes of Robin van Persie, Samir Nasri, Cesc Fabregas and others have left in their prime in a bid to win silverware elsewhere. Even the likes of Kolo Toure, Alex Song, Emmanuel Adebayor, Mathieu Flamini and Bacary Sagna have all rejected the chance to stay with the Gunners, believing their chances of success and silverware were greater elsewhere.
Although Sanchez may well be content at the club currently, a season without the winning of major honours could have an unsettling effect on a player capable of stepping out for any team he so desires.
Despite the Arsenal fans crying out for Wenger to splash the cash on new players, a more important deal the North London club should look to tie up, and quick, is securing Sanchez’s long-term future with a new deal.