Martin Keown doesn't think Alexis Sanchez will find anywhere better for him than Arsenal

Published 09/12/16 

Alexis Sanchez has been warned he will struggle to find anywhere in Europe better suited to him than Arsenal as his contract impasse continues.

Standard Sport reported on Monday that both the Chilean and his team-mate Mesut Ozil want to be paid on a par with the Premier League’s top earner Paul Pogba, who is paid £290,000-a-week by Manchester United. Arsenal have indicated that they are only willing to offer around £200,000-a-week.

Europe’s top clubs are monitoring the Emirates with interest and both players would find themselves much in demand should they choose to leave Arsenal.

Sanchez is believed to be further from putting pen to paper than Ozil, who is happy in London and recently bought a new house, but having struggled to settle at Barcelona between 2011 and 2014 he will be aware of the benefits that come with being the star name at Arsenal.

Former Gunner Martin Keown wrote in the Daily Mail: “I have a feeling that when one signs, the other will follow suit. If Ozil had already signed, I'm sure Sanchez would have, too.

“I don't think Sanchez could find anywhere else in Europe that is better than what he is finding at Arsenal. He is a free spirit, working with a manager who will give him the freedom to express himself.

“He is using his tremendous pace to great effect in a central position and Arsenal must make the most of him in that position.”

Arsene Wenger claimed on Friday that he will keep his key duo at Arsenal for the remaining 18 months of their contract rather than sell them, though he has previously been forced to cave when Cesc Fabregas, Robin van Persie and Samir Nasri made clear they would not put pen to paper.

But Keown warned Arsenal that if they are to hold either against their will they will need to find plenty of money to replace them.

“Arsenal won't be held to ransom — we've seen this with Robin van Persie,” he wrote. “But if they leave it 18 months and the pair leave on a free then that's the best part of £72million gone.

“Arsenal would need to spend at least £100m to replace them. They need to get these two signed up.”

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