Laurent Koscielny says that Alexis Sanchez is a rare talent, and one that the club must keep as he heads towards the final year of his contract.
There has been intense speculation about the Chilean’s future, but after a season in which he’s scored 28 goals and made 14 assists, his contribution to the team is impossible to overlook.
Speaking to Sky Sports, Koscielny said, “Firstly, he scored a lot of goals for us but his first job is not to be a striker, it is more midfield but he is an unbelievable player. He just wants to fight and have the best result for the club.
“When you have a player like this in your team, to show the way we want to grow together, it is important and I think he has a lot of players behind him to keep him.
“I don’t think there are a lot of players like him and a player like this who can be the difference during the game, it’s rare.
“We want to keep him with us because we know he is so important for our team.”
There were reports of a mid-season bust-up, and that relationships in the dressing room have been strained at times. However, it was a training ground set-to with Koscielny that led to Sanchez being dropped for the Liverpool game, and if the French international is so firm about how important Sanchez is, I think we can take it as read everything’s ok now.
The former Barcelona man has two more games this season to hit the 30 goal mark, a couple against both Everton and Chelsea at Wembley would do nicely, thanks.