English Premier League club Arsenal on Wednesday in Sydney, Australia unveiled their third kit for the 2017/2018 season with forward Alexis Sanchez modelling the strip in the official publicity shots, the club’s website has revealed.
Sanchez is currently on holidays following his exertions at the FIFA Confederations Cup in Russia and has not extended his contract with the Gunners which expires next season.
Meanwhile Arsenal captain Per Mertesacker believes Sanchez is “definitely” staying at the club next season.
Mertesacker, who is retiring next season to take charge of Arsenal’s U-18 academy side, told Fox Sports in Australia that he expects the Chilean to remain at the north London side.
When asked if Sanchez is staying at Arsenal, Mertesacker said: “Yes, definitely. I think [Sanchez] was impressive in the Confederations Cup. He’s now on holiday so it’s quiet in terms of conversations. But he’s a warrior on the pitch.
“I think he wants to come back as quickly as possible — he hates holidays, he hates to calm down. I’m looking forward to playing alongside him in my last season and he thinks the same.”
Arsenal are in Australia for the start of their preseason tour, which includes two friendlies in Sydney this week before their trip to Beijing next week where they will play in the International Champions Cup.
Arsenal playmaker Mesut Ozil who himself has one year left on his contract added:
“It would hit the team quite hard if he left because he’s a player who always delivers.
> “It would be a setback to winning the title, but in the end it’s the player’s decision.
“I hope Alexis stays but I don’t know what the status is, to be honest. I value him a lot as a player and he’s very well suited to the game Arsenal play.
“From a personal view I’d really appreciate if he stays, but it’s the player’s decision after all and there’s not much more I can comment on that.”
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