Alexis Sanchez can talk with foreign clubs from Monday, but Arsene Wenger feels this isn’t his problem.
From January onwards, Alexis Sanchez will be free to talk with foreign clubs ahead of a transfer.
While the chances of him signing an extension at Arsenal were already very slim, the window to get a deal done is shrinking rapidly.
Despite that, Wenger seems remarkably unconcerned about one of his best players walking away for nothing.
“I don’t know what is going on in his head and whether he is with us short term or long term. I am not a psychologist,” Wenger said, as reported by the S*n.
“From Monday he is free to go where he wants if it’s a foreign club — but that’s not my problem.
“My problem is just about trying to win the game at West Brom.”
It’s possible that Wenger isn’t thinking about transfers at the moment with so many games coming up.
It’s also possible that Wenger is no longer part of contract negotiations.
It could well be in the hands of agents, contract negotiator Huss Fahmy and head of football relations, Raul Sanllehi by this point.
Whatever the case, Wenger would have been aware of this scenario in the summer.
This was a risk he was willing to take if it meant keeping hold of Alexis during the season.
We can only hope that Wenger is working with his backroom staff to identify replacements.
Even if we have accepted it by now, Alexis’ departure is a big problem for the club and one that will need solving.
It most certainly is Arsene Wenger’s problem.