After months and months of speculation, Alexis Sanchez has finally left Arsenal to join Manchester United.
My first reaction to the transfer was ‘why Manchester United?’. My second thought was why Arsene Wenger, who promised never to deal with the Red Devils again after the infamous Robin van Persie Saga a few years back, decided to break his promise? Well, it seems he wanted to join Man United purely for money. People will say its sour grapes on my behalf, but truth be told, I never really adored Sanchez the way I did with Dennis Bergkamp and Thierry Henry.
His behaviour and tantrums on the pitch really grind my gears, and I even stated that a few months back that he will become a problem. Some will defend him by saying he’s a ‘winner’, ok he might be, but there is a way of going about it.
Having really thought about it, I truly believe it was the best thing to do in the long run. Not necessarily sell him to United, but to get him out of our club as his heart clearly wasn’t in it anymore. He showed his true colours and what really motivates him. He only joined United because Man City pulled out of the race to sign him because of his outlandish demands and fair play to them for doing so.
Some good news did come out of this transfer – we got Henrikh Mkhitaryan included in the deal. Ok, the Armenian hasn’t been at his best recently, but I believe the system at Arsenal will suit him more than it did at Man United, depending of course if Wenger knows how to utilise him.
As I stated in a tweet weeks ago, Sanchez will not be missed and will not go down as an Arsenal legend. Fact. I don’t wish bad things to happen to him, but I don’t wish him success in the future either. Had he left for the right reasons then I think a lot of the fans wouldn’t have begrudge him a move away. Apart from Shkodran Mustafi, no other Arsenal player on social media has wished him good luck for the future which speaks volumes for me.
Anyway, we will move forward from this as we have always done in the past and, hopefully, be stronger for it. #UpTheArse.