Reports have emerged that Arsenal’s man of the moment, Alexis Sanchez, did not join the Gunners this season from Barcelona because we won the war of bids against Liverpool.
The 25 year old Chilean became Arsenal’s second most expensive player of all time when we paid £33 million to Barcelona in July for his services.
It has been revealed that Liverpool, who wanted Sanchez to be included in the deal that would see Luis Suarez go to the Nou Camp, actually stumped £3 million more than we did in an effort to sign Alexis, but could not get him as the player preferred a move to London – to Arsenal in particular.
Brendan Rodgers had to settle for AC Milan’s Mario Balotelli who had been widely rumoured to be on Wenger’s radar, and to see the chasm between the performances of both players in the early stages of their respective careers rubs Liverpool nose in it.
Most reds fans were clearly disappointed that their club were not deemed worthy by the Chilean but some real bold ones assumed some consolation by declaring the Italian as a Sanchez in disguise. With just two goals in his many Liverpool games, Balotelli has come under heavy criticism from the Kop.
Alexis, on the other hand, have taken the challenge of being the Gunners figurehead in attack by the scruff of the neck. Not that he has been used as a main striker as Rodgers probably would have done but in his creative roles, he has bulged the back of the net 10 times in just 16 games, 7 of those coming in just 8 starts and I sub appearance in the League.
This has seen him already tipped to be a great for the Gunners as his record stands as a rival to those of the club’s greatest two, Thierry Henry and Denis Bergkamp. While Bergkamp scored three times and garnered three assists in his first 9, Henry scored just once in his first Novena, putting into prospect just how good Alexis has began.
More so, it makes the price paid a bargain as even the price paid by Liverpool would still have been a snip. It did come as a shock to many that Barcelona had considered selling Alexis as he is very widely rated as one of the most hard-working lethal finishers in the game, right from his days with Udinese in the Serie A. His last goal for Barcelona – a thumping right foot finish from
an acute and impossible angle – could have won Barcelona the La Liga title right on the final day of the season if Diego Godin had not towered in a header to equalize for Atletico.
He is now set to take the Gunners to such heights this season and with Liverpool really struggling to be what they were a little over 6 months ago, it appears that their loss of Suarez – and the rejection of their extra £3 million – could be our gain this season, and could see us even go one step ahead than they did last season.
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