By Andy Jones
- Alexis Sanchez is looking more and more frustrated with every passing week
- Should Manchester United be one of the teams looking to give Sanchez a way out of North London?
With Arsenal suffering a turbulent season, with the very real risk that they could drop out of the top four. Alexis Sanchez is cutting a more frustrated and forlorn figure with each passing match.
Cast to the substitutes bench for the defeat to Liverpool, six months ago you would have considered this kind of decision from Arsene Wenger as unthinkable.
But post match the rumour mill was in overdrive, with talk of a training ground bust-up and falling out with team-mates, with Sanchez believing some of them weren’t putting in the same shift as him.
An accusation that has long been associated with Arsenal football club, who have been treading water for years, happy to consolidate with a top four finish. Occasionally playing some fantastic football, but lacking the real drive and determination to really challenge for the top honours.
What Next For Sanchez?
So what next for the Chilean, and should Manchester United capitalise on the uncertainty surrounding both the manager and star player at the Emirates?
The first question to be asked is, would Sanchez improve the current squad? Obviously the answer is yes.
Would he fit into the current system that Mourinho is playing? Again yes, he could play wide left or right, alternating with Martial, Mata or Rashford.
He could also play behind the striker in the position which Mkhitaryan has blossomed in recently. Or he could be employed as the leading striker, the role he has played for Arsenal for most of this season.
In his three seasons in North London, Sanchez has scored 55 goals in 82 appearances, and at 28 is in the peak years of his career.
The last, and most telling question would probably be, would Arsenal sell their prize asset to a Premier league rival?
Losing Sanchez To A Rival Would Anger The Arsenal Fans!
Arsenal fans would like to believe the answer would be no, but as the sale of Robin Van Persie proved, players hold all the aces, especially when they are nearing the end of their contracts.
With the Antoine Griezmann transfer looking more complicated than at first glance, Jose and Ed Woodward might need to look elsewhere for a new forward, and why not look right under their nose.
Sanchez to United would not be easy, the top clubs in England and Europe would all come calling, but United have the financial clout to compete with the best, and as the signings last summer prove, qualification for the Champions League is important but not critical.
My view is that when the best players become available (and Sanchez certainly falls into this category) then United should be in for them.
If for no other reason than for the meltdown on Arsenal Fan TV, which would be peak viewing for any football fan.