Arsenal warn Juventus off Alexis, risky strategy from Wenger

Arsenal have warned Italian giants Juventus off a move for Alexis Sanchez and have indicated he will not be sold in January, The Daily Mirror reports.

What’s the word?

Alexis Sanchez made his first impression in Europe with Serie A outfit Udinese and Juventus are keen to bring him back to Italian football, with reports indicating they’re prepared to pay around £60m for his services and offer Miralim Pjanic in a swap deal.

Arsenal, however, are not interested in a sale this month and are determined to emerge successful from their long battle with the Chilean ace and secure the two-time Copa America winner down to a lucrative new deal.

Alexis is happy at Arsenal but is yet to put pen to paper and the fact that he’s entered the final 18 months of his contract is a concern, although the Gunners are not prepared to give-up yet and will continue to fight to keep their star-man.

What’s the risk?

The risk for Arsenal is that the Gunners have left it far too late to discuss new terms and have left Alexis Sanchez possessing all the trump cards. There is no firm ground for Arsenal to stand-on and if Alexis decides he wants to leave, the Gunners will be hapless.

Come the summer, when Alexis enters his final year, Arsenal will see the player’s valuation drop dramatically from what he’s worth this month and they’ll have to make a decision to sell or keep Alexis for another year, before losing his services for nothing.

It’s understandable that Arsenal want to keep superstar Alexis Sanchez, and his team-mate Mesut Ozil, but the North London giants need to avoid this situation in the future by opening talks about an extension earlier- as it’s pretty inexcusable that the two biggest players at the club can both enter the final 18 months of their deals.