Chelsea legend sends message to Alexis Sanchez about his Arsenal future
Ray Wilkins would love to see Alexis Sanchez commit his future to Arsenal and stay in the Premier League
Ray Wilkins has urged Alexis Sanchez to commit his future to Arsenal.
The Chile international has been one of the Premier League’s standout performers this season and has already scored 11 goals and made four assists in the top flight for the Gunners.
Indeed, Sanchez hit a brilliant second-half hat-trick when Arsenal sealed a thumping 5-1 win over West Ham United at the London Stadium last weekend.
The 27-year-old has earned a reputation as one of the Premier League’s top attacking talents since his arrival at the club from Barcelona in the summer of 2014.
Sanchez is believed to be in talks with Arsenal about the possibility of extending his current contract at The Emirates beyond the summer of 2018.
And former Chelsea man Wilkins has told the Chilean to forget about the money and pen a new deal with the Gunners.
Speaking to Sky Sports News HQ on Wednesday morning, Wilkins said: “He’s probably earning enough now for his life. He’s not going to be able to spend all the money he has earned already one would have thought.
“He’s been at Barcelona, he’s been at Arsenal for the last two or three years therefore he has been well paid in that period. There’s no question about it, he is an outstanding footballer.
“At Chelsea, we lost Ramires to China at 28 years of age. The money was so important for him. You have to remember, these South American guys, where they come from is an impoverished background and they think they have to accumulate as much as they possibly can by the time their career is over.
“I thought Ramires leaving was a massive mistake and I think for Sanchez to go there would be a massive mistake. He can earn enough at Arsenal and I sincerely hope he stays in the Premier League because he is a joy to watch.”
Arsenal are currently three points behind leaders Chelsea in the Premier League table.