At least they still have the young-up-and-comer Theo Walcott to fill his boots if/when Sanchez leaves.
The final 48 hours of the transfer window are sure to test their resolve, and while in theory it could still go either way, the most likely outcome remains that Sanchez will stay and see out the final year of his contract.
With Sanchez now on global duty for Chile, City have a legal and medical team on standby in the country as a precaution in case a deal is struck over the next two days, so there would be minimal time wasted in trying to get all of the formalities of any deal done.
Perhaps talking the situation up slightly, Chile’s t13 say Sanchez “unleashed the fury” of his manager when he asked for time away from the national squad to sort out “personal issues”.
With Arsenal not finishing in the top four last season for the first time in a while, the other players on the team want all hands on deck as they try to get back near the top of the standings.
Arsenal suffered a dispiriting 4-0 defeat to Liverpool on Sunday, with the Merseyside club widely reported to be on the verge of signing Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain from the Gunners.
Sanchez, 28, is unlikely to sign fresh terms in north London with his current contract set to expire next summer. I have to wait to know what they want.
Reports on Tuesday morning claim that City have made an offer of cash plus Raheem Sterling in an attempt to land the forward. The above clip has subtitled the translation of what Pep is alleged to have said, with the former Blaugrana boss heavily animated on the touchline and apparently uttering the words “For goodness sake!” as well as “Use your head!” to his No.9.
The 22-year-old midfielder scored eight goals in 31 Bundesliga matches last season for the German club.