Former Arsenal striker Alan Smith has advised the club to sell wantaway forward Alexis Sanchez.
The Chile forward has been heavily linked with an Arsenal exit after telling a radio station in his home town that he wanted Champiins League football, a competition Arsenal will miss in the new season.
Bayern Munich and big-spending Manchester City are reported to be reported in Sanchez.
After helping Chile reach the FIFA Confederations Cup in July, Sanchez was due to resume training with Arsenal on Sunday but he has claimed he is ill and is unlikely to return to London.
He even posted a picture on social media displaying his ‘sickness’.
“Alexis Sanchez is a big shadow hanging over the Emirates,” Smith, who played for Arsenal between 1987 and 1995, told TalkSport on Friday.
“Arsene Wenger says he is determined not to sell him, but he seems determined to leave.
“If you’ve got an unhappy player, a bit like Coutinho at Liverpool, that’s not a great situation to have in the dressing room.
“For me, it’s a no-brainer: you’ve got to let him go, get the money and move on.
“What the owners would think about keeping a player you could get £60m for and then letting him go for nothing in 12 months’ time, I don’t know.
“It happens time and time again at Arsenal.”
Sanchez’s Arsenal contract expires in June 2018 and he could sign a pre-contract with another club in January.