Alexis Sanchez. The man. The myth. The legend.
I exaggerate, however this is no denying the Chilean’s impact at the club since his arrival in 2014. In three seasons with the Gunners, Sanchez has played 145 times, and found the back of the the net a further 72. Considering is predominantly a winger/midfielder, that is a brilliant record.
He has been Arsenal’s Player of the Year twice, and his brilliance has been one of the main factors as to why Arsenal haven’t slipped further down the table than they already have.
Recent reports however suggest that the Chile international is not a happy bunny. He is ‘desperate’ for a move to rivals Manchester City (although that can be taken with a pinch of tabloid salt), and is demanding an astronomical £400,000 a week if he is to stay at The Emirates.
Here is what I say. Let him leave.
No matter how good he is; no matter how much he would be missed; no matter how difficult he would be to replace, let him leave.
Any football club, not just Arsenal, should have no place for a player who doesn’t want to be there. As a Gunner, your heart and soul should be in the club. Think Tony Adams. Think Ian Wright. Think Thierry Henry. All of those (and many more) were proud be a player for such a wonderful football club. None demanded astronomical wages to stay, and none ever kicked a fuss about wanting away from the club.
All three went down as some of the greatest player’s the club has ever had and will hold a place in the heart’s of fans forever.
Sanchez, will not. Let him join the likes of Van Persie of this world.