So Alexis Sanchez got the move he wanted, although it wasn’t the one everyone thought he wanted. It turns out that Manchester City were so unwilling to meet Arsenal’s bargain price for their main man, that they were willing instead for him to go to their biggest rivals for free. Well, I say free, the deal that saw Sanchez move to Manchester United included Henrikh Mkhitaryan travelling in the opposite direction.
No money changed hands in the end, which looks like very good business for Man. United, considering they now have arguably one of the best players in the world on their books, and in doing so they have offloaded a player that never really seemed to fit in under Jose Mourinho’s organised, defence is the best form of attack playing style. He will, you would think however, fit more easily into Arsenal’s team, as their free flowing style of play where attacking players don’t take up solid positions is much more likely to suit Mkhitaryan. There is just the minor issue of who drops out in favour of the Armenian, in that he is not really a like for like replacement for Sanchez, but Arsenal suffer so many injuries that I’m sure there will soon be place for him to make his own,(until he himself gets injured).
Jose Mourinho, was in an uncharacteristically good mood when he spoke to the media about the signing of Sanchez, seemingly smug at the thought of the Chilean choosing him over Arsene Wenger, who sees yet another one of his top players move to their rivals for the league, and more likely these days, a top four spot. You would think that Wenger would have by now have got the memo, and that along with the numerous Arsenal players that have jumped ship and left him for clubs with more realistic prospects of winning premier league titles and champions league trophies, that he might finally do the same. And yet, he seems determined to do the opposite, with another disappointing and indefensible defeat at Swansea, it looked like Wenger was going down with his ship.
However, things are now looking up for Wenger and his Gunners, with the announcement that they have secured the signature of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, for a club record fee of £56 million. This is another huge signing for Arsenal after they smashed their transfer record in the previous transfer window, with more good news in light of this signing with Mesut Ozil signing a new contract that could potentially keep him at the club until 2021. But these positive moves in the transfer market are overshadowed by a backdrop of player unrest, and players like Sanchez who feel they have more chance of winning silverware elsewhere. To make this move happen they even have had to let their most prolific striker in recent years, Olivier Giroud, move to Chelsea, another in the endless list of their top players joining premier league rivals.