Laurent Koscielny urges Alexis Sanchez to stay at Arsenal despite Gunners looking set to miss top four

Arsenal defender Laurent Koscielny has urged Alexis Sanchez to stay at the Emirates as uncertainty over the Chilean’s future continues to gather pace.

Sanchez has carried the Gunners on occasions this season, netting 28 goals in 49 appearances in all competitions, and scored a brace on Tuesday evening to secure a 2-0 win over Sunderland.

His future is still up in the air having so far refused to put pen to paper on fresh terms with his current contract set to expire at the end of next season.

Arsenal go into the final day a point behind Liverpool in the race for the top four and host Everton at the Emirates while the Reds take on already relegated Middlesbrough at Anfield.

Firstly, he scored a lot of goals for us but his first job is not to be a striker, it is more midfield but he is an unbelievable player. He just wants to fight and have the best result for the club,” Koscielny told Sky Sports.

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“When you have a player like this in your team, to show the way we want to grow together, it is important and I think he has a lot of players behind him to keep him.

“I don’t think there are a lot of players like him and a player like this who can be the difference during the game, it’s rare. We want to keep him with us because we know he is so important for our team.”

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