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08th Dec 2016

Arsenal fans plan special dog-based banner for Sanchez to ward off interest from Chelsea

They're barking up the wrong tree with this

Nooruddean Choudry

If this doesn’t make him stay, nothing will.

Alexis Sanchez is currently enjoying a scintillating run of form. He jointly tops the Premier League goalscoring charts with 11 strikes already this season, and his fine hat-trick against West Ham only served to highlight his current purple patch.

Arsenal fans are understandably cock-a-hoop with their Chilean hero, but there may be trouble ahead. His current £130,000-a-week contract runs out at the end of next season, and in the context of modern football, that spells panic stations.

Amid reports that the player’s agent is playing hardball in negotiations with Arsenal, referencing £400,000-a-week offers from China as leverage for a huge pay hike, Chelsea are ready to test the 27-year-old’s resolve to stay at the Emirates.

The Mirror report that Antonio Conte wants to pair Sanchez up with Diego Costa to forge an unstoppable goalscoring partnership. But Arsenal fans have an ace up their sleeves to tempt their player to stay – his dogs.

No they’re not planning to steal his canines and demand the Chilean’s signature as ransom. Rather, there are plans afoot to create a huge Alexis banner for matchdays – featuring the player’s beloved dogs Atom and Humber.

Your move Chelsea – how do you compete with this…

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