If Alexis Sanchez does not want to play for Arsenal he can fuck off.
A strong statement I know, but that is how I feel about any player when they decide to leave us. From Ian Wright under Bruce Rioch, to the Nicolas Anelka situation in the late 90s, Marc Overmars and Emmanuel Petit moving to Barcelona, and Thierry Henry and Patrick Vieira flirting with anyone and everyone. Cesc Fabregas and Robin van Persie, Samir Nasri and more.
If you do not want to play for The Arsenal Football Club, you know where the door is.
Of course, I expect Arsenal to do everything they can to keep their top stars. But everything they can within reason.
Offer competitive wages – but do not be held to ransom
In the past players have left for riches elsewhere. Especially in the late 00’s, we could not compete with the likes of Manchester City, Manchester United and Chelsea when it came to wages. We could not pay players the going rate, and we lost them.
Of course, some players, like Samir Nasri, left for wages far more than what they were really worth. That sort of player can bugger off.
The reports are we have offered Alexis Sanchez £250,000-£280,000 a week. That, for me, is what he should be offered. It is what he is worth.
That will make him one of the highest paid players in the Premier League. It is similar money to what the likes of Eden Hazard, Yaya Toure and Sergio Aguero are on.
If he chooses to go to somewhere like China, who might offer him £500,000+ a week, or decideds on Manchester City at £350,000 a week, then he just go’s in the bin like the rest of the greedy footballers.
Battle for success
When Robin van Persie left Arsenal, it was not for the money, it was for success. He felt at the time Arsenal were not battling for the title. They were not signing, or planning to sign, the right players. He joined Manchester United and in his first season won the league title.
Could the same be said for Alexis Sanchez if he joins Manchester City?
City have won1 League Cup in the last 3 seasons. They have not exactly been glory laden years.
Add in Manchester City’s constant failures in Europe, they are no more set up to win the league than Arsenal.
A move to City would not be a move to win things. It would be a move for money.
Build a team full of title winning players – to ensure title winning players do not leave
Back to Robin van Persie, he felt at the time Arsenal were not bringing in title winning players. I understand the argument he had, but he was also part of a team that failed.
Alexis Sanchez might sit and moan that Arsenal are not in the Champions League. That he has not won the title since joining the club. But, like van Persie, he has been part of a failing team. He needs to stand up and take some of the blame.
When Arsenal went on their 6 game without a win run, Sanchez got 1 goal and 1 assist.
Arsenal’s transfer policy should not be dictated by a player at the club.
And anyway, with offers in for Thomas Lemar and Alexandre Lacazette, Arsenal are in a very different place to when van Persie left.
Players want to win trophies.
In Alexis Sanchez’s time at Arsenal, he has won 2 FA Cups in 3years.
OK, he might not have won the Champions League or Premier League. But he would not have won any of them at Manchester City, Liverpool or Manchester United either:
Last 3 seasons:
Manchester United: 1 FA Cup, 1 League Cup, 1 Europa League
Manchester City: 1 League Cup
Only at Chelsea (or Leicester) would he have been vastly more successful than Arsenal.
So if Sanchez stays in England, chances are a move to another club is not motivated by success.
The only reason Alexis Sanchez would join a side like Manchester City is for the money. If that is the decision he takes, he can fuck off.
no player is bigger than the club. If you do not want to be here, at Arsenal, no matter who you are. LEAVE.
It is still our belief that Sanchez will sign a new deal, and we will back him if he stays at Arsenal.