Arsenal fans can’t Have It Both Ways
Despite the fact that heads should have rolled for letting our most coveted players run down their contracts, if true and PSG are preparing to offer £70m for Sanchez, it will present Arsenal and its fans with a tricky dilemma.
On the one hand, we’d lose a world class player who has the potential to make a difference to our club during the up and coming season. It would also reinforce the message of Arsenal being a disorganised second tier selling club who capitulate to the elite clubs when the pressure is on.
On the other hand, we’d gain £70m (which is more than most of us realistically dreamed of) for a potentially disruptive 28 year old player who has given possibly the best years of his career at Arsenal and would leave on a free to a club of his choosing if a desired agreement is not reached. He would also not strengthen a direct rival in the premier league.
Wenger has now found himself, once again, in-between the devil and the deep blue sea i.e. damned if he does and damned if he doesn’t. Part of me believes that the only poker play left to him was to come out and deny any intention of selling Sanchez (as he did with RVP, Fabregas etc), thereby increasing the value of Sanchez and initially keeping the Arsenal fans on side before infuriating them and selling Sanchez abroad.
Ideally, I would love Sanchez to sign an extension to his contract at Arsenal, however with things as they are, regrettably I accept that selling him abroad for £70m is the next best option. IMO, we can’t have it both ways therefore we must let go of Sanchez and move on.