The dust has officially settled on the 2017/18 Premier League season, and for the most part, it was a pretty interesting year. While Manchester City were able to run away with the title at the top of the table, there were plenty of other stories going on throughout the division worth talking about. One of the biggest, which had been brewing for quite some time, was Alexis Sanchez’s move from Arsenal to Manchester United – which sent Henrikh Mkhitaryan in the opposite direction.
It’s time for another trip down memory lane, and while this game only happened twelve months ago, it’ll feel like it’s a million miles away for Arsenal fans. This time last year, the Gunners defeated Southampton 2-0 to ensure that their faint hopes of qualifying for the UEFA Champions League were kept alive. Unlike this year, where there’s just one game remaining, Arsenal still had three games remaining to try and make up some ground on Manchester City due to the fact that last season didn’t have a World Cup right around the corner in the summer.
Arsenal suffered a late 2-1 defeat against Manchester United at Old Trafford, courtesy of a stoppage-time winner from substitute Marouane Fellaini.
United offered the first threat on goal on four minutes, as midfielder Paul Pogba fired an effort wide of goal. Arsenal saw their first effort on goal was a long-range low effort from youngster Reiss Nelson, which David De Gea saved comfortably.
The home side took the lead soon afterwards. Pogba started the move by playing the ball to Romelu Lukaku in the area. Alexis Sanchez headed the Belgian striker’s far post cross towards goal, only for Hector Bellerin to deflect the effort on to the post. However, Pogba followed up to volley past David Ospina in the Gunners goal.
As Arsenal prepare to take on Manchester United at Old Trafford on Sunday, it will certainly be an occasion for Alexis Sanchez. The ex-Gunner will be playing against his old club for the first time since his move in January. He praised Arsene Wenger after the Frenchman made his decision to leave at the end of the season public last week, calling him a ’legend and a gentleman’.
Sanchez claims he’s still adapting to life in Manchester, and adds that United have more history than Arsenal and aim to win trophies next season – a classic case of trying to look good for your new employers, it seems.
While it’s been a few months now since Alexis Sanchez made the switch from North London to Manchester, the whole situation still feels a little unfinished. The Chilean clearly isn’t having the best time at Old Trafford despite an initially bright start, and this international break has allowed the media to throw this story back into the limelight once again.
It’s a seemingly never-ending saga and, seeing as we’re an Arsenal-based site, it seems only logical to consider the following as a possibility – Alexis Sanchez returning to play for the Gunners in the future.
According to the Daily Star, Manchester United boss, Jose Mourinho could make a summer move for Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey.
The Wales midfielder will have just 12 months left on his contract this summer. The Gunners hierarchy are reportedly looking to avoid another contract wrangle resulting in losing a player for less than his actual value, like the Alexis Sanchez situation in January.
Ramsey likely to want a wage rise
The clubs reluctance to get into another Sanchez situation could lead to selling the star in the summer, rather than losing him for absolutely nothing the following summer.
The seemingly never-ending saga of Alexis Sanchez’s departure from Arsenal has another new chapter, as the Chilean superstar has revealed what Arsene Wenger said when attempting to convince him to stay at the Emirates.
According to Daily Mirror, Sanchez recently did an interview with a television station in Chile which is when the comments were made. The 29-year-old was with Arsenal for four years prior to making the switch over to Old Trafford in January.
“He was very fond of me and he didn’t want to let me go,” said Sanchez.
The January transfer window has closed and all Arsenal’s deals are done. For me, the January transfer window has been a success for the Gunners. Too many players at the club were complacent, unhappy or just good enough.
Instead of those aforementioned players, Arsenal have brought in two players that under the right conditions could be key players for the club.
Walcott, Sanchez and Giroud sold
The fact that Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has decided to allow Theo Walcott, Alexis Sanchez and Olivier Giroud leave the club in January shows that the veteran Frenchman is determined to overhaul the team.
German international Mesut Ozil will put pen to paper on a new contract with Arsenal in the coming days after agreeing terms with the Gunners, according to reports in German media outlet Bild.
Ozil was expected to follow Alexis Sanchez on his way out of the Emirates Stadium this month but is said to have been impressed with the club’s reaction and is determined to remain at the club to ‘link up with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’.
Gabon international striker and wantaway Borussia Dortmund hot-shot is already in London to wrap up his £55 million move from the Bundesliga side and the ambition Arsenal displayed by grabbing a world-class striker this January is said to have convinced Mesut Ozil to remain in London.
Arsenal are reportedly confident that they can still sign Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang from Borussia Dortmund as the Premier League side look to add more firepower to the team after they lost Alexis Sanchez to Manchester United.
The protracted transfer saga of Alexis Sanchez was finally resolved this week as he made the switch to Manchester United. The forward had been tipped to rejoin his former-Barcelona manager Pep Guardiola at Manchester City, but this move never came about, with the player instead signing for Manchester United instead.