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The Sanchez turn

Posted on March 19, 2019 by Harry Kettle

When Alexis Sanchez made the jump over from Arsenal to Manchester United, there wasn’t all too much of a ‘shock factor’ that came alongside that. Most of us were expecting to see him make the jump, and to be honest, I think a lot of Gunners fans are happy for him. The guy had to put up with a lot during his last year or two at the Emirates, and he deserved a move to a club that would (logically speaking) give him more chances to succeed.

The dilemma

However, things haven’t worked out all too well for the Chilean legend up there. He’s been struggling to make much of an impact under both Jose Mourinho and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, and it’s hard to pinpoint why exactly that is. You could argue that it’s the system he’s playing under, but perhaps he just isn’t as happy over there. He does a solid enough job from the outside looking in, but in terms of his overall contributions, they’ve been a bit minimal.

Now, though, the story has taken yet another turn. Italian side Juventus are said to be interested in acquiring his services, which would certainly turn some heads within the realms of European football. Sanchez has previously played for Udinese so he’s no stranger to Serie A, but that isn’t what we want to focus on here. We want to focus on the fact that Juve, aka one of the biggest clubs in Europe, want to actively go after a player that has been performing below his capabilities in the last few months.

A perfect fit?

The first thing that comes to mind is that the top divisions in Europe really are quite different when it comes to expectations and what clubs are looking for. Alexis is still a world class talent but he hasn’t exactly been showcasing that lately, and for The Old Lady, it doesn’t matter. Why? Probably because they know that, team for team, things are a bit easier over in Italian football.

We’d be pretty pleased to see him go over there because he’d probably have a lot more creative freedom to express himself, but either way, Arsenal fans shouldn’t be happy about what’s happened since he joined United. Instead, they should be getting behind their former superstar – because anything else just looks petty.

Will Alexis Sanchez move to Juventus, and do you care either way?

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