The Robert Pires quotes
Over the weekend, Arsenal legend Bobby Pires has come out with some interesting quotes about how happy Alexis Sanchez was in London and that he is leaving because Arsenal could not match his ambition.
“Alexis wanted to stay at Arsenal. I have not talked to him, but what I see, what I smell, is that he was very good in London, very good in Arsenal. What Alexis wanted was for Arsenal to spend money on other players.”
These quotes will, as usual, lead some to come out and abuse the Frenchman. Unacceptable.
However, these quotes from Pires do need to be taken with a pinch of salt, as the first thing Pires says is “I have not talked to him”.
Therefore, this is no more than Pires’ opinion on the matter, that he thinks (not that he knows) that Sanchez is leaving because Arsenal would not spend money on other players. That they could not match his ambition.
Alexis Sanchez’s ambition
Robert Pires is right in the fact that Arsenal failed to match Alexis Sanchez’s ambition, but not in the way he, or others, probably think.
The move has nothing to do with trophies, nothing to do with signing players, and everything to do with pound, shilling and pence.
Sanchez, like so many others before him, left for the money.
If he wanted success, he would have gone to Bayern Munich last summer, or Manchester City this window. But he picked Manchester United.
He went for £450k a week, £15m in his own pocket as a signing on fee, and an additional £12m for his agent. That is why he left.
“He has gone to Manchester United to win trophies. To play Champions League football” is the line being put out by many.
It is almost like people have forgotten that in the 3 years he was at Arsenal, Sanchez has won two FA Cups.
OK, it might not be the league title, but Manchester United have been no closer to winning the league than Arsenal in that time.
In fact, since Sir Alex Ferguson left, Manchester United have failed to finish above Arsenal.
They will, of course, finish above Arsenal this year but, 12 points behind Manchester City, they are not in the title race.
Had Sanchez joined Manchester United instead of Arsenal back in 2014, he would have a FA Cup, League Cup and Europa League medal in his locker.
It will be hilarious come the end of the season if Arsenal finish with a trophy (or two) and Manchester United, and Alexis Sanchez, finish potless.
Sanchez moving to win things? He is moving for the money.
Selling to a rival
After Robin van Persie we were told that we would “not sell to a rival again”.
Whilst it is frustrating that we are losing Alexis Sanchez to Manchester United, to then label Arsene Wenger a “liar” is childish.
What would you prefer? Arsenal to not be swapping Sanchez for Mkhitaryan? To let his contract go to zero and then join Manchester United for nothing? So at least we can say that we “did not sell Sanchez to a rival”.
No one is bigger than The Arsenal
From Brady to Henry, top players have left Arsenal in the past. Alexis Sanchez is not the first to make the move from London to Manchester, and will not be the last.
He is not even the best player to have left Arsenal for Manchester United.
No player is bigger then the club. Last I looked, it was not Alexis FC, it was Arsenal FC. THE Arsenal Football Club.