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Arsenal believe the damage of an immediate Sanchez exit simply cannot be soothed by £50 million from Guardiola and co. The small matter of 30 goals and 13 assists last season provides something in the way of explanation.
This has especially been the case since Bayern Munich, on grounds of expected wages, dropped out of the race for the Chilean.
Furthermore, there has been another bitter-sweet update for Arsenal fans and one that concerns how Sanchez will behave practically to the saga.
The Guardian are reporting that in spite of interest from Pep Guardiola, the 28-year-old will not go on strike to force through an exit. City were not expecting Sanchez to take such action and have been caught off guard.
Sergio Aguero can breathe a sigh of relief as a result with the news all but confirming his future at the Etihad Stadium. After all, interest from clubs such as Chelsea would have been somewhat eased by the arrival of Sanchez.
It is also stated that Sanchez will give nothing but his all as long as he remains an Arsenal player.