Alexis Sanchez has left Arsenal to become far-and-away the highest earning player in the Premier League with a reported 14million a year contract, over £500,000 PER WEEK in fact. This is an obscene amount of money and represents much more than most Arsenal fans will earn in their whole lifetime IN ONE WEEK.
Everyone thought that Alexis was wanting to move to Man City because he wanted to win trophies, but Wenger has now confirmed that it was purely for the money, in fact even Manchester City refused to give in to his demands. He was asked if he had done everything he could to convince the Chilean to stay, and he replied: “We did what we tried to do and went as far as we could,”
“Even Manchester City moved out of it in the end. That tells you we had no chance to give him a contract.”
Asked if he could understand Alexis’ decision to go, Wenger said: “I understand nothing. I cannot understand anybody wanting to leave Arsenal – but in 30 years of doing transfers you learn a lot about human beings. As a professional, it was perhaps his last contract at the top level and an important contract. After that, I accept that because we accepted that we would let him go. After that, we analyse the pros and the cons.
“There is always life. Arsenal Football Club is 130 years old and many big players have left. Will it go a bit less good? We will see but there is always life afterwards.”
I am actually glad that Alexis has finally gone if he was just after more money. It is easier to handle losing a money-grabber than someone who wanted to win more trophies near the end of his career. As Uche said yesterday, there is simply no loyalty in football any more, except perhaps with Jack Wilshere…