Alexis Sanchez has given his clearest indication yet that he will leave Arsenal if they do not qualify for the Champions League.
The Chilean has given a lengthy interview in which his frustrations are obvious; it seems highly unlikely that he will still be with the Gunners next season.
“I don’t think it has been a very good season for me because I came here to win trophies, to be competing in the Champions League semi-finals and to win the Premier League, and I feel disappointed that we aren’t in a position to win the Premier League or the Champions League,” said Sanchez.
When asked whether finishing in the top four was important in his decision, he replied: “It depends. What I want to do now is to finish the season well, try to qualify for the Champions League, win the FA Cup and then I’ll sit down with the club to decide what I’m going to do.
“We’ve said that the two of us will sit down together to discuss the topic in terms of what will happen and what we’re going to do, what’s best for the club, what’s best for me, what’s best for him.
“We’ll speak once the season is over because if I speak now, that would take my focus away from what I want, which is qualifying for the Champions League and winning the FA Cup.
“Sometimes I am frustrated, sometimes I’m not. There have been games when we’ve been in a position to kick on and win, but we’ve made a small mistake and found ourselves 2-0 down.
“Sometimes that gets to me because winning those points is so important if you want to win the Premier League.
“I’ve played for other clubs and I have to say that the quality of the players here is very impressive. There isn’t a very big difference.
“When I got here, I thought, ‘I’ll win the title with this squad.’ I feel that we should win more games 3-0 or 4-0, of course, that does sometimes happen when we play very well.
“I think Arsenal play the best brand of football in England.”