Daily Star journalist Harry Pratt has claimed that Alexis Sanchez should have been promoted to Arsenal captain, and that could well have extended his stay in North London.
The talk about captaincy at the Emirates has come around a few times, with out club opting to have a non-playing captain for a number of years now, from Mikel Arteta to an already injured Per Mertesacker, and the job should be given to a player on the pitch.
Alexis Sanchez has been one of the first names on the teamsheet since joining the club, and would have been a worthy contender for the role, but plenty of the opinion by Pratt is simply wrong…
The journalist claims that Alexis Sanchez is a ‘cut or four above’ the rest of our players, and that he was exactly that against Cologne and West Brom in our recent wins, but anybody who has seen those matches, knows he has not been at top form.
Sanchez has even come under criticism for his displays of late, including the two performances mentioned above, and Pratt either has Sanchez-tinted glasses on or simply didn’t watch the games!
It seems a poor attempt at taking a different slant on a story in order to pull readers in, and a pointless one at that.
Making the Chilean club captain would likely have only moved to embarrass our club further, with contract talks having been on the rocks for two years now, and you simply do not make a wantaway player your club captain.
No star is bigger than the club, and you can’t disgrace yourselves with rash decisions in order to save face. Making Alexis would no doubt have screamed of desperation, and why would you want to burden your best player with further responsibility? Let him play his football!
Is Pratt being a prat? Should Alexis have been made captain? Would that be a ply of desperation?