When Alexis Sanchez left Arsenal Football Club, the reaction from many fans was relief. That sounds a little bit harsh but we all know it to be true, because we all just wanted the saga to be over and done with. Of course, there was also an element of fear and trepidation, because we knew that the Chilean was their best player and there are no two ways around that. Now that he’s spent almost a year at Old Trafford, though, it’s interesting to look back and reflect on what could’ve been.
Look, we don’t like being negative or disparaging to former players of Arsenal Football Club, because there’s just no point in doing so. Every single man and woman who has pulled on that famous strip has contributed something towards the lineage of this football team, whether it be for good or for bad. Sure, we can debate how effective or impactful they were during their time here, but we should never go as far as to openly criticise them when the issue has been put to rest.
Aaron Ramsey’s contract negotiations seem to have gone on forever at Arsenal. The Welsh midfielder has drifted into the last year of his contract with the north London club while talks have been on going.
Gunners boss Unai Emery seems to believe that the speculation over the midfielder is affecting his game. In fact, the Spaniard has told Ramsey to concentrate on his football, rather than think about his contract situation.
Asked if he believed Ramsey lacked focus this season Emery said: “I don’t know but I am thinking in the present. I spoke with him last week but now, today, my focus is on the match and I want the player to be focused only on Saturday.”
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.