Arsenal need to move on from Alexis Sanchez
Alexis Sanchez is a tremendous player who is the most talented player at Arsenal. That doesn’t mean the Gunners should keep him though. Arsene Wenger must sell the talented Chilean if he wants to move the club forward.
Fortunately for the club, Bayern Munich are more than happy to take the disgruntled player on. Recent reports from England suggest the German giants will launch a £55 million bid for Alexis in the coming weeks. This opinion won’t sit well with Arsenal fans, but the club should accept the offer.
Some might think £55 million sounds like a light fee for a player of Alexis’ caliber. In a vacuum, they’d be right. If he were tied to Arsenal on a long-term deal he could the club could easily command a fee in excess of £80 million for the talented attacker.
Unfortunately for Arsenal, that isn’t the case. He only has one year left on his current deal and that significantly reduces his transfer value. In all honesty, Wenger should be relieved that Bayern Munich are willing to make such a compelling financial offer.
The reality is that only a handful of European clubs have the financial resources to acquire Alexis and pay his wages. Bayern are one of those clubs. It’s hard to imagine any other club offering more. This offer likely represents the top of the market.
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Of course, the club’s motivation to move on from Alexis shouldn’t be motivated by finances. They don’t need to sell Alexis to balance the books. They need to sell Alexis because his attitude is dragging the squad down.
That might seem harsh, but even as a Tottenham fan, it’s obvious to me every time I watch Arsenal play. Arsene Wenger gets a lot of stick for the squad’s lifeless displays, but he can’t play a minute on the pitch. Alexis is the club’s most talented player, and as such, many of the players take their cues from him.
If he were flying around the pitch trying to win every ball, his attitude would positively impact his teammates. Unfortunately, his poor body language and moping does just the opposite. It brings the morale of the entire squad down. Selling him could be addition by subtraction.
The idea of Arsenal improving by selling Alexis Sanchez is a bit unorthodox, but it’s the right move for the Gunners. As a Tottenham fan, I’m more than happy for Arsene Wenger to keep him around.