Today, in all probability, will be the day Alexis leaves Arsenal.
Scattered amongst the press and on Arsenal’s official website is the transcript of Arsene’s press conference yesterday morning. During a barrage of questions, none of which were linked to the actual football match we play tomorrow, Arsene stated that any deal between Arsenal and Man United that will see Alexis Sanchez and Henrikh Mkhitaryan trade places should happen within 24-48 hours. It’s worth noting that the important word in that sentence is “should” and it’s not a definitive statement. I’ve seen enough transfers drag interminably and without any good reason for doing so – during my time as an ITK football agent, I mean – so I wouldn’t be surprised if nothing occurs tomorrow.
Such is the nature of these things.
But what does look inventible is that Alexis is will leave, it’s just a matter of when. If we get both Aubameyang and Mkhitaryan to replace him, he can gladly go, in my humble opinion. I’d even be happy to drive him and his dogs to Manchester, although, with the insane wages he’ll receive from his new employers – alleged to be as high as £500k-per-week – he can afford to hire Atom and Humber their own personal helicopter service. One each. Encrusted in gold. With personalised dodgy print design and diamond encrusted rotor blades.
That might sound a little bitter, it’s not. He’s 29, and this contract is likely to be the biggest of his career. He has no personal ties to Arsenal and, barring the occasional bout of histrionics, he’s been nothing other than a committed player for the club. He’s doing what is best for him and his family. Accusations of “chasing the money” might very well be warranted, but I do wonder how many of his detractors wouldn’t so the same thing in his position?
Would you, delicious reader?
I’d certainly consider leaving my current workplace is someone offered to practically quadruple my annual salary. I’m not trying to defend him because, at times, I feel he’s been unruly and a little unprofessional. If the rumours of him causing dressing room rifts and arguments are true, then it’s not the end of the world when he leaves.
Martin Keown certainly didn’t pull any punches when talking about the situation. He said in a piece he wrote for sh*t-rag newspaper I won’t mention:
“Sanchez has got to be the biggest mercenary in football.
Manchester City have wanted to sign Sanchez since the summer and, if no deal is done in January, they will be waiting for him at the end of the season.
City would be the natural place for Sanchez to go to develop his football. He has worked with Pep Guardiola before.
But for Sanchez, this is clearly not about going to the best team, working with Guardiola and taking his game to another level.
“He has probably thought that he will not get a better offer if he waits until the summer, so he might as well take the best deal on offer now. It has been all about the money”
I guess all of that is irrelevant. What remains the only important factor is that he wants to leave Arsenal. Either we don’t have the team to provide him with success, or, it would appear, we don’t have the resources to pay him as much as he wants. If it’s financial reward that he so covets, then all the power to him. I noticed yesterday that Theo Walcott conducted his departure from Arsenal after 12 years of service with appreciation and dignity and he deserves all the well wishes and warm words from the supporters. When he comes back to Arsenal, he’ll surely get a great reception. Alexis Sanchez… Well, I can’t really see him getting anything other than a cacophony of boos.
He’s a great player, but I’m not sure I’ll miss him. As someone wiser than I said on Twitter – I forgot who you are, so apologies – he has never really felt like an Arsenal player, just someone passing through for a little while until he goes elsewhere.
On that note, I shall end things today.
I’ll return with more fun and frivolity tomorrow.
Until that time, and as always; thanks for reading, you beautiful bastards.
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