Date: 1st September 2017 at 9:00pm
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Ex midfielder does not believe keeping was the correct decision for the Gunners after the club pulled the plug on a £60m deadline day sale to rivals .

The Chilean international would have reportedly been sold if the Gunners had signed a replacement before the close of the but the failure to land Thomas Lemar from meant the Arsenal forward stayed at .

Writing in a column for, Merson said he doesn’t think they will qualify for the Champions League even with Sanchez staying at the club, so the financial incentive to keep the player in order to finish fourth makes little sense:

“I’d have sold Alexis Sanchez all day long. I doubt they’ll get in the top four and they’ll lose the £50m they would have got for him when he leaves for free.”

Sanchez started ’s World Cup qualifier against Paraguay last night but he could not prevent his country losing 3-0 in a shock home defeat. Chile now find themselves fourth in the South American qualifying behind leaders , Colombia and Uruguay.