Can Wenger Bring Back the Old Sanchez?

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Alexis Sanchez’s desired move to Manchester City collapsed on deadline day of the transfer window despite the Citizens offering Arsenal £60m – a huge amount of money.

The Gunners forward, in the final year of his contract at the Emirates, refused to sign all offers from the club, with negotiations dragging on into this summer.

The situation signaled a player desperate for a move away from the London club. Chelsea and Bayern Munich monitored the situation but a reunion with Pep Guardiola at the Etihad appealed more.

But Arsene Wenger stood his ground; there would be no sale of the Chilean international and there was not. Had the Frenchman signed a replacement, then the deal would have pushed through but it was not meant to be. The striker returns to the Gunners for a final season with Wenger’s biggest task being keeping the player motivated.

Sanchez has been prolific for the club since joining them from Barcelona in 2014. He has scored 72 goals with 42 assists. It is not gainsaying to claim the 28-year-old has carried the team on his shoulders on more than one occasion.

Had he left in the summer, Arsenal’s chances of returning to the Champions League would have been negatively affected. Wenger, also conscious of that fact blocked the player from leaving unless it suited him.

There are reports that City will return for the striker in January. Arsenal’s main concern, however, is whether Wenger can bring out the “old Sanchez”. He claims that the player will be fully committed to the club even though he had a strong desire to leave the club this summer, and will do so next year.

Sanchez, reportedly furious at his Manchester City move falling apart, was influential for the team last season. He was a leading scorer with 30 goals while assisting another 19.

Now, Goal reports that the player does not want to play for the Gunners again. If that is the case, Wenger’s task is more daunting than ever.

Sanchez has grown frustrated with life at Arsenal. The embarrassing defeat to Liverpool a fortnight ago, along with the manner of the collapse of his City dream, can only have done more harm than good.

Wenger may have to bear with an unhappy player whose 100% commitment to the cause is no longer be guaranteed.


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