Arsenal legend Martin Keown has urged Alexis Sanchez to see out the final year of his contract with the Gunners with ‘dignity and respect’.
The Chilean forward is into the last 12 months of his current deal and, after a summer of speculation, actually looks set to stay at the club for the forthcoming season.
Manager Arsene Wenger has stood firm in the face of relentless transfer speculation and appears set to keep Sanchez for one last campaign, despite the risk that they could lose him for free next summer.
There is little doubt that Arsenal need Sanchez at his very best if they are to realise their Premier League title dreams this term.
And although some may doubt his commitment to the cause after seemingly being denied a move away – with reports claiming he wanted to link up with Pep Guardiola at Manchester City – Keown is hoping Sanchez will give his all in what could be his final year in north London.
“I don’t think Sanchez is the kind of player to shut up shop,” the former England defender told Press Association Sport.
“Wenger will be relying on the fact he’s someone who loves playing football and giving his all. They can work something out because he’s certainly made his mark at the club and been successful, so if he’s going to go he should do it in a dignified way.
“He signed a contract in good faith and – while he could probably move and earn a lot more money at another club – sometimes it’s about carrying on with dignity and respect and finishing the job. That’s what he should do at Arsenal.
“Wenger is probably hoping he can somehow win the Premier League and keep Sanchez, meet his needs from a trophy point of view and find some way to match his contract demands – but I don’t see that happening.”