Arsenal, Alexis Sánchez and the question of who will blink first

The Chilean wants to join Manchester City but Arsenal are not selling to a domestic rival. Can the club really justify missing out on a £50m transfer fee and hold him to his final year?

At the end of last season, Alexis Sánchez was approached by an Arsenal team-mate who wanted to know what was happening with the striker’s new contract. “Are you going to stay with us next season?” he asked. Sánchez barely broke stride and completely blanked him.

The story will doubtless raise a few smiles among journalists, who are well used to getting that sort of treatment from players post-match. But from one team-mate to another?

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