Date: 15th January 2017 at 11:40am
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Ian Wright hopes that Alexis Sanchez’s representatives will not use the Chilean’s recent hissy fits as an excuse to engineer a move away from Arsenal.

The 28-year-old forward scored in Arsenal’s 4-0 hammering of Swansea yesterday afternoon before appearing to sulk after being substituted by Arsene Wenger.

The Chile international’s future at Arsenal has been much talked about, with the striker’s contract set to expire at the end of next season.

But Wright believes the Gunners must keep hold of him, although he fears the player’s visible frustration could be used as an excuse to depart the club this summer:

‘You can see his face, he is disappointed, he doesn’t want to be taken off.

‘When you’ve got all the contract talk and everything that’s going on, he is so integral to Arsenal. If he’s gone, as much as people say Ozil, if he’s not there, there’s a massive problem. 

‘He just doesn’t want to be taken off, he wants to continuously play. I just hope it’s not something they are using as excuses, his representatives, as a way to get him out of the club.’

Sanchez’s contract situation has drawn much attention from top European clubs such as Inter Milan, Juventus and Paris Saint-Germain, as well as interest from China.

The longer this contract saga goes on, the worse it will be for Arsenal, and his visible frustration could be viewed as both positive and negative. The one thing supporters can agree on is that this situation needs to be resolved as soon as possible.