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Soccer Props: Will Alexis Sanchez Leave Arsenal Before The Start of The 2017-18 EPL Season?
Is Alexis Sanchez Leaving The Gunners?
The question on everyone’s lips is will Alexis Sanchez leave Arsenal before the start of the new Premier League season. Sanchez has gone on record to say he wants to leave and has demanded a huge pay rise otherwise he is willing to allow his contract to expire, which would mean he could leave for free next season. Will Arsenal allow Sanchez to leave this season and gain a transfer fee upwards of £80 million, or risk losing him for nothing in the next 12 months?
|Yes (-260)||No (+200)|
Bookmakers rarely get their betting odds wrong so looking at the early betting odds from TopBet, it looks like Sanchez will not be an Arsenal player before the 2017-18 English Premier League season kicks off. TopBet price Sanchez leaving at -260 with odds of +200 available on the Chilean star staying with Arsenal. It is easy to see why the odds on Sanchez leaving Arsenal are so slim.
Firstly, Sanchez himself has stated that he wants to leave the team that he has played more than 100 games for. Secondly, Arsenal failed to qualify for the UEFA Champions League and Sanchez has expressed his desire to play soccer at the highest level. Lastly, the Gunners recently splashed out more than £50 million securing the services of striker Alexandre Lacazette from Lyon; Lacazette would be the perfect replacement for Sanchez.
The +200 on Sanchez still being an Arsenal player when the Premier League kicks off on August 11 looks like it could be a shrewd bet simply because Arsenal are yet to receive any official offers for their star player. Rumors circulating in the British press suggest bids upwards of £80 million will be required before any negotiations can take place, which prices Sanchez out of a lot of teams’ budgets. A poll in one of the major British newspapers has attracted more than 13,000 votes and 67% of those believe Sanchez will remain at Arsenal this coming season.
2017-18 English Premier League Early Predictions
Despite the marquee signing of Alexadre Lacazette, Arsenal are currently +1100 joint-fifth favorites to win the 2017-18 Premier League title, perhaps because of the uncertainty surrounding the future of Alexis Sanchez. If, and it is a big if, Arsenal can retain Sanchez, those odds should shorten somewhat, but on the other side of the coin, should Sanchez leave, expect Arsenal’s title hopes to take a major blow and their odds to lengthen dramatically.
Manchester City, a side who are being heavily linked with an £80 million bid for Sanchez, are the bookmakers’ favorites to be holding aloft the premier League trophy come May 2018. City started the 2016-17 campaign as short-priced favorites and looked to be living up to that tag as they won all their opening seven league fixtures before ultimately fading out and finishing in third-place. Manager Pep Guardiola knows anything other than winning the title will cost him his job and his chairman is prepared to back Guardiola in the transfer market. Could Sanchez be the crowning jewel in City’s star-studded squad?
Another team linked with signing Sanchez is Chelsea, who go into the new season as reigning champions and second favorites for glory. Antonio Conte, Chelsea’s manager, is growing increasingly frustrated at a lack of summer signings and with forward Diego Costa looking like his days at Stamford Bridge are numbered, Sanchez could be the perfect replacement for the departing Spaniard. Arsenal, however, are unlikely to sell their asset to a London-based rival; or will they?
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