On the plus side, he said:
“I don’t think that you would sell him to any Premier League club, that is for sure.”
Well, that’s a reasonable promise that he won’t be banging them in against Arsenal anytime soon.
“I let Van Persie go in the last year of his contract because Van Persie was 29, going on 30, and he was signing a long-term contract. That is not the case with Alexis. Alexis is 28. So that is a bit different.”
So, what we read into that is that Van Persie was sold because he was 29, and Alexis is one year away from Van Persie’s position. How does this translate into new contract language? Well, it means that a new contract will need to be a lengthy one(since his current contract already has a year to go). To keep Sanchez after 30 means that his value will go down each year as his body begins to age. To keep Sanchez for 5 years(until 33) would mean that he would be sold as a good player, with experience and skill, but not necessarily with his explosive speed on the turn.
The fact that no contract has so far been signed was alluded to by this comment:
“The disagreements are more purely contractual.” What this means is that either money, or length of contract, are the sticking points. If the manager thought that Van Persie was approaching the twilight of his career at 29, will he be willing to smash the wage structure for a player one year the junior over an extended period of 5 years? It seems unlikely.
So, what we know is that Arsenal will try to prevent Sanchez join an EPL rival. However, both sides would like to keep the status quo of Alexis being an Arsenal player although both sides are entrenched in different views as to what he would be worth as a player over 30. This problem may well be solved in the summer as Arsene says, but, it will require compromise by one or both parties.
*Quotes as listed on the Arsenal website