By Amir Mir
George Boateng has stated that if Arsenal want to keep Alexis Sanchez then they must “secure silverware”.
The 27-year-old ace, whose contract at the Emirates runs out in 2018, is yet to sign a new deal at the club amid speculation about his future.
Forward Sanchez has been in devastating form for his club this season, scoring 13 goals in 19 Premier League and Champions League games.
At the start of the season, Arsene Wenger had decided to use the highly-rated attacker in a more advanced role and the tactical move is paying off.
He hit a stunning hat-trick at the weekend to pile more misery on West Ham, who lost the London encounter 5-1 on home soil.
Former Aston Villa midfielder Boateng brushed off financial reasons for Sanchez not signing a new contract, but he did state what would persuade him to put pen-to-paper.
“Let’s not forget where the boy came from,” Boateng told Sky Sports. “He came from Barcelona, a top club, always guaranteed to be in the Champions League and where he was closer to winning trophies than he is now at Arsenal.
“It’s not about the money when you are a player like Sanchez, believe me. He’s had a fantastic career and a decent wage for the last 10 years.
“So in his case, it’s about prestige and achieving success. If Arsenal want to keep him they need to secure silverware.
“That will give them a chance to fend off interest from the European big guns if they can say to Sanchez ‘Look, you can stay here and win trophies with us.’ Without that, it will be difficult.”
The Gunners have not lifted the English league title since the famous ‘Invincible’ side, led by their legendary captain Patrick Vieira, did so in the 2003/04 season.
Since then there have been countless times where Wenger has failed to clinch the title, much to the annoyance of the Arsenal faithful.
Additionally, the Gunners who lifted the FA Cup in 2014 and 2015, have yet to claim a European title, but they have qualified for the Champions League for 20 consecutive years under the Frenchman.
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