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Former Arsenal striker Alan Smith believes that it makes no sense for his former club to hold on to Alexis Sanchez without the promise of a new contract.
The Chilean international is in the final year of his deal at the Emirates, and there has been no indication from either party that he will sign a new deal any day soon.
In turn, it proves a difficult situation for Arsenal. Do they keep him, let his deal run down and hope that he changes his mind and pen a new deal before next summer? Or do they avoid the risk of losing him for free in 12 months time and sell him now for a hefty fee?
Smith is in no doubt as to what he thinks should be done about the situation, albeit he surely understands that it will be a major setback to see their talismanic forward leave.
“What the owners would think about keeping a player you could get £60m for, and then letting him go for nothing in 12 months time, I don’t know,” he told talkSPORT, as quoted by the Metro.
“Its a no-brainer, you’ve go to let him go, get the money and move on.”
Arsene Wenger seems adamant about keeping him and so it remains to be seen if he makes a wise financial decision and sell Sanchez now. It’s understandable to an extent, as he certainly doesn’t want to lose the former Barcelona star to a direct rival in Manchester City which could come back to haunt them.
In turn, if a good enough offer from abroad comes in, then perhaps Arsenal really should carefully consider accepting and try to move on by using that fee to improve their squad.