The big Arsenal transfer story at the end of the summer window was the saga of Alexis Sanchez waiting impatiently for Arsene Wenger to sign Thomas Lemar so that he would be allowed to join Pep Guardiola’s Man City side, but the massive deal failed to go through and the Chilean was forced to remain at the Emirates against his wishes.
One would think that Guardiola doesn’t need Sanchez any more, considering the blistering pace they have started the new season, but certain comments now are suggesting that it is a done deal. Bayern Munich were supposed to be one of the big sides that were interested in Alexis as well but according to the Bayern president Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, he will not be going to Germany: “I think Sanchez has already decided which club [to join], so I suppose that the door will be closed in January,” he said. “That’s not an issue, and he is no direct substitute for Robert Lewandowski as he is not a real centre forward.”
So where will he be going? A comment from Arsene Wenger after the Man City defeat may have given us a clue. Wenger was asked if it was a ‘mental test’ for Alexis to play against City, and Le Prof replied: “It is a huge mental test, but I had no doubt about him before the game. I know that he is focused and he wants to win.”
So why would it be a “huge mental test” unless he was set to play against the team he should have been playing in? Did Wenger drop a massive hint about Sanchez’s new club?