Thoughts on Arsenal’s Alexis Sanchez situation

Wenger gave Arsenal fans a shock when he decided not to start Alexis in Arsenal’s Premier League game against Liverpool at the weekend, in which the Gunners lost 3-1.

 

Though, after the defeat, the manager was quick to defend his decision, stating it was a tactical decision more than anything – “The thinking was that we had to go more direct and I wanted to play two players who are strong in the air because we decided to go more direct. “The thinking was that we had to go more direct and I wanted to play two players who are strong in the air because we decided to go more direct.

 

However, reports from both the Guardian and Telegraph emerged yesterday that the player was actually dropped for the match as a punishment, due to the 28-year old storming out of a training session during the week. This was followed by an apparent bust-up with his teammates according to the Telegraph.

 

With the forward’s contract set to expire in 2018 and the rumours the player is trying to force a move away, this only adds more fuel to the fire. It doesn’t help that Alexis is in high demand with Paris Saint-Germain and Juventus both wanting the player.

 

Now although the situation seems to be blown over the top it does make you think why Alexis decided to walk out of a training session. Was it due to his frustrations on the pitch, due to his teammates being of a much lesser standard or just a clash with the manager?

 

The Telegraph also reported after the match in the same article that if Ozil wasn’t ill, he would have been dropped as well. Which makes you think maybe this is an attitude problem from the big players or whether they are playing up as they don’t have long to go on their contracts and want to force a big move away from the club?

 

Arsenal fans have been craving a player with fight for so long and now that Alexis has come along it looks like he’s the sort of player that Wenger doesn’t want in the squad, someone who will question the manager’s decisions.

Arsenal achieve record spending on transfers and an increase in turnover

The latest financial records from Arsenal have been released, these show a record £110.5m spend on players and turnover increasing to £191.1, ending 30th November 2016.

 

The Gunners were definitely busy during the Summer with the club signing Granit Xhaka, Shkodran Mustafi and Lucas Perez for £38.25m, £34.85m and £17m respectively. Although these were all big money moves they have come under criticism from Arsenal fans and the media alike with Xhaka suffering discipline problems, Mustafi looking shaky at the back and Wenger not giving Perez a regular place in the first-team, despite impressing on every occasion.

 

Despite the Summer spending spree, the club reported a profit of £12.6m, compared to a loss of £6.2 for the year before. Arsenal also reported cash reserves of £100.5m, which the club always come under criticism for holding onto instead of spending.

 

With speculation continuing over Wenger’s future at the club, after the embarrassing defeat against Bayern Munich, it looks like the next manager at the helm will not be short on cash.

 

Looking at the accounts it looks like next season the transfer budget will be set around the £80m mark. However, Wenger has previously included the wages of the new transfers in this. Whether this is an instruction from the board or not is yet to be seen.

Howe would love to sign Jack Wilshere

The Bournemouth manager has said that he’d love to sign Jack Wilshere and make him a permanent part of his team. The English midfielder’s loan expires at the end of the season and Howe has admitted that he hasn’t had any talks with Arsenal about the player.

With Jack able to get guaranteed game time at the Cherry’s and not at Arsenal, it’s yet to see whether the thought of a move could turn his head. The player moved to the South Coast club at the start of this season and has managed to make 21 appearances for the club in total.

“We would love that to happen,” Howe said of a potential deal to sign Wilshere.

“I can’t rate Jack enough as a footballer and as a person and how he’s come into the team and what he’s delivered for us.

He added: “There’s been no discussion with Arsenal. As I see it Jack is on loan for the season, then we’ll look at it and Jack will look at it.

“I think Jack views this as his home at the moment until the end of the season. His heart has been here since the day he walked in the door, there have been no problems there, but it’s his right to review his options at the end of the season and to see where he goes next.

“We’ve improved a lot of the aspects of our game because of him. It’s always down to the team but he’s fitted into the team very well.

“He is producing more match defining moments for me, the pass for Josh King at Everton was sublime, and I think there are more moments like that to come.”

However yesterday Wenger confirmed that he wants to keep the player at the club in the long term and that his move to Bournemouth was only a short term solution to the players need for game time:

“No, no [discussions have taken place about a permanent move].

“Yes [I expect him to return to the Emirates]. We have, at the moment, had no move from Bournemouth for Jack Wilshere.”

It’s the view of the majority of Arsenal fans that they want the player to remain at the club, and they would much rather see struggling midfielder Aaron Ramsey make way for the player. Where he would fit in is another matter, with Cazorla being the main offensive player in the centre of the park.

Wenger – We tried to sign Chelsea star, twice!

The Arsenal manager thinks that Kante has been essential to Chelsea’s success this season, with the club currently nine points ahead of the Gunners.

 

Wenger also spoke to the press about how he’d tried to sign the player twice! The Arsenal manager first took interest when the player was at Ligue 1 side Caen, before he moved to the London club.

 

The Frenchman has admitted he was surprised that Chelsea have been so successful this season; since the Gunners beat the club 3-0, Chelsea have went 13 games undefeated.

 

This is what Wenger had to say to the press about Kante, Chelsea’s success and the upcoming game against the Blues:

 

“When we beat them 3-0 I did not expect them to go 13-games unbeaten. I feel they found a better balance defensively. They are very good in transition. I watched their game against Liverpool and I believe N’Golo Kante had a huge impact in their team.

 

“Basically it’s not coincidence that they [Chelsea] are in the position they are and that Leicester were where they were last year. Also Hazard and Costa have come back to very strong form compared to last season so they are very efficient when they go forward.

 

“Yes [we tried to sign him]. When he was in France, when he was at Leicester.

 

“We cannot explain absolutely everything [about why we failed to sign him], but it’s obvious when you look at where he has gone.

 

“I do not want to talk more about that. Transfer are transfers, you cannot explain absolutely everything.”

Arsenal Legend confident that Alexis Sanchez will stay

The Chilean forward has eighteen months left on his current contract at the North London club; however he’s yet to sign a new deal to extend his time with the club past the summer of 2018.

 

Alexis managed to seal Arsenal’s winner from the penalty spot to help the Gunners see off Burnley and climb to second place in the Premier League. It also saw the player take his tally to 17 goals in all competitions this season.

 

This is what Arsenal legend Sol Campbell had to say about the player and whether he’d stay on at the club:

 

“I think there are a lot of things behind the scenes and it’s all about cutting a deal, getting the deal done and sometimes compromising,”

 

“Depending on how far the compromises go, it could be him compromising, it could be the club compromising, who knows? But I think everyone is out there to get the deal done.

 

“That fantastic penalty reminds me of Thierry Henry, he used to score a lot of those type of penalties.

 

“But he [Sanchez] has comes in, his attitude is tremendous, he is one of the players that I have seen in the last five to 10 years that has come into Arsenal and bang, straight away he is working, he’s scoring goals and he’s into it.

 

“He’s not taken six months to get going or one year to get going at the club, so that should keep him in good stead. Hopefully the board come and get the deal done.”

 

The Gunners now sit eight points behind Chelsea, and overtake rivals Tottenham Hotspur. Sol insists the players have what it takes to win the Premier League title, however Chelsea are the biggest obstacle.

 

“They’ve got the quality to win trophies, they’ve won a couple of FA Cups, but when it comes to the Premier League it’s all about stamina,” said Campbell, who won two Premier League titles with Arsenal.

 

“Week-in-week-out, rain or shine, difficult games, not playing well and getting through that and a little bit of rub of the green.

 

“They’ve got the talent, but at the moment the trouble is Chelsea are running away with it. They [Chelsea] have got 55 points and the stats would say no one has ever lost it, but you never know.”