Sanchez statement a message to Arsenal rather than Chelsea?

We all know that the English football press loves an Arsenal transfer rumour and it seems to me that they would much prefer one that puts pressure on Arsene Wenger or one that winds up the Arsenal fans, so if they can fin one that does both it is like gold to them.

So it is hardly a surprise that all and sundry have leaped on the comments of the Arsenal and Chile international star Alexis Sanchez this week, interpreting his comments to mean that he wants to sign for Chelsea, even though our striker said nothing about Antonio Conte or his team and nothing about leaving the Gunners.

One thing he did say was that he would like to stay in London but his words in Spanish reported by the Chilean website El Grafico are a little confusing because he uses the term ‘un equipo’ which means ‘a team’ or ‘one team’ so the football media are taking it that Alexis means that he wants to play for a team that will be winners and that has a winning mentality, so they take that along with the reports that Conte wants to sign him and hey presto!

However, in the original Spanish when Sanchez says he is happy in London wand wants to stay there he also uses the term ‘una ciudad’ which means ‘one city’ or ‘a city’ and that does not really make sense. So I believe that his phrase ‘una ciudad y un equipo’ means the city and the team, which tells me that his words are not for the Chelsea boss at all but for Arsene Wenger.

Perhaps the clue is in the title of the original article which starts, ‘Alexis manda un mensaje al Arsenal’ or ‘ Alexis sends a message to Arsenal’. He wants to stay in London with Arsenal but he wants the Gunners to be a team that has a winning mentality and will challenge for the major trophies. In fact that message may be more to the Arsenal board than to our current manager, don’t you think?



  1. Ddog says:

    I think I don’t know…

  2. Ronny331 says:

    It’s a message to Wenger and our board I reckon.
    He’s doing us a favour, but Stan, Ivan the engine and Wenger won’t be bothered.
    But this message is also being read and received by every other potential arsenal signing and agent.
    No CL and statements like this and arsenal prices will be driven high 🙁
    He’s been approached by Chelsea I think and what he’s saying he knows the fans won’t argue with.

  3. davidnz says:

    Sanchez gets paid
    in five weeks
    what a low paid worker gets in 45 years.
    What Wenger gets paid in one year would take
    a low paid worker 550 years to make.
    Do you think Wenger or Sanchez
    is worried about contacts? Nope.

  4. Nebsy says:

    Member when RVP had the same request?
    Member what happened after that?
    I member.

  5. Raoh says:

    Yes think it is a message to Arsenal. He is challenging them not only to finish the season well but to prepare next season to have a winning one that challenges for titles from start to finish, one that doesn’t get spanked 10-2 on aggregate as if it out of there league. He like Ozil clearly likes Arsenal, London and would rather finish and extend his contract than move out…but like any superstar at his level he wants to win, the money he can get it wherever he goes!

    Whoever is in charge knows what they would have to do make some drastic changes, breakdown the squad and get rid of underperforming players who have been at the club for too long already (it could be that they’ve been here recently but you don’t need more than 2 seasons to assess those things) and make the tough call that would free up some spot and cash to go for higher caliber players and winners!

  6. Arturitou says:

    Im convinced that Arsenal has a mentally problem, we actually have a top quality team, If I compare this team to Chile national team, I can dare to say one to one Arsenal are supirior in every front comparing chile’s players, The big difference is the fight spirit that those players have.

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