Alexis talks contract, body language & Arsenal’s disappointing season


Alexis Sanchez has confirmed that he’ll make a decision about his future at the end of the season but says, for now, his main priority is helping Arsenal to win the FA Cup and qualify for the Champions League.

As has been well documented, the Chile international will be out of contract in June 2018 meaning the Gunners face a tough decision if their star striker refuses to pen a new deal this summer. While Arsene Wenger has repeatedly said he won’t sell his star striker to a Premier League side he could also have to fend off interest from PSG and clubs in China.

Speaking about the contract stand-off ahead of Arsenal’s game with Manchester United, Alexis told Sky Sports:

“What I want to do now is to finish the season well, try to qualify for the Champions League, win the FA Cup and then I’ll sit down with the club to decide what I’m going to do.

“No [progress has been made], we’ve said that the two of us will sit down together to discuss the topic in terms of what will happen and what we’re going to do, what’s best for the club, what’s best for me, what’s best for him [Arsene Wenger].

“We’ll speak once the season is over because if I speak now, that would take my focus away from what I want, which is qualifying for the Champions League and winning the FA Cup.”

With 24 goals in 45 appearances to his name this season, Alexis needs just one more goal to secure his best ever tally for a campaign. However, against the backdrop of the Gunners’ struggles in Europe and their dreadful domestic form in 2017, the Chilean still considers the season to be a disappointment with his frustrations all too often on show for all to see.

“I’m very happy about that [his scoring record], but, as always, I demand more from myself. I think that if a player wants to be at the very top, he needs to win the Champions League and league titles. That’s what makes the great players truly great.

“I don’t think it has been a very good season for me because I came here to win trophies, to be competing in the Champions League semi-finals and to win the Premier League, and I feel disappointed that we aren’t in a position to win the Premier League or the Champions League. We do have the FA Cup final coming up and we’ll give it our all to try to win it.

He added: “Sometimes I am frustrated, sometimes I’m not. There have been games when we’ve been in a position to kick on and win, but we’ve made a small mistake and found ourselves 2-0 down. Sometimes that gets to me because winning those points is so important if you want to win the Premier League.

“No, I’m not normally like that [angry with my teammates]. I sometimes get angry with myself because there are moments on the pitch when I make mistakes and I don’t like it when that happens. I’ve played for other clubs and I have to say that the quality of the players here is very impressive. There isn’t a very big difference.

“When I got here, I thought, ‘I’ll win the title with this squad.’ I feel that we should win more games 3-0 or 4-0, of course, that does sometimes happen when we play very well. I think Arsenal play the best brand of football in England.”

For more from Alexis’ interview with Geoff Shreeves, due to be broadcast before this afternoon’s match, visit Sky Sports

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