“There’s nothing in writing, there’s no firm offers.
"Whether Alex’s mind has changed now that the Olyroos have failed to qualify for the Olympics…I know he was looking forward to that enormously and being part of that
“Maybe that was the opportunity for him to stay with Sydney FC.”
Arnold indicated he'd already attempted to re-sign his young charge, but was failing to make headway with his agent.
“The most important thing is we’re trying to keep him. We want him to stay here in Sydney,” Arnold said.
“I believe he needs another year here in the A-League. The agents probably don’t but what I have at heart is good for the kid and his career.
“If he does leave it has to be a place where he is going to play and play regularly and not sit and watch because otherwise if he does that he’ll be back in Australia very quickly.
“We (wanted to re-sign Gersbach) two months ago…his agent is very slow.”