It’s becoming all too familiar… Another player has jumped ship from Arsenal to a Premier League rival. But why?
Nearly six years ago, the outrage that ensued following Robin van Persie’s exit to Manchester United urged Arsene Wenger to claim the Gunners would never again sell a top player to the Red Devils – not even Mattieu Debuchy was allowed to join Manchester United two years ago.
However, just several years later the boss has allowed Alexis Sanchez to complete his move to Manchester United with Henrikh Mkhitaryan moving in the opposite direction.
The Chilean had entered the final six months of his Arsenal contract and was refusing to sign a new deal despite the club’s willingness to smash their wage bracket. His move echoes van Persie’s longing for a more prosperous career.
Whether Arsenal fans believe it was ‘for the money’ can be discussed; Sanchez will take home between £350,000-£400,000-per-week at Old Trafford. However, what is certain is that Jose Mourinho’s side are in a far better position in the league, in personnel and are willing to cough up the cash to at least try to catch neighbours Man City.
Arsenal on the other hand received more than they spent in the summer window, have sold first-team players including Theo Walcott (£20 million) and Francis Coquelin (£12 million), but have the audacity to claim there are ‘no significant funds available‘ to bring in new players.
The deal may have made sense, but the more pertinent truth is that Arsene Wenger has once again failed to convince a big game player to remain at our stagnant (some would claim regressing) club.
It’s goodbye to El Nino Maravilla – just who will be the next Gunners star to get fed up with the status quo?