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At the beginning of the transfer window, Alexis Sanchez was linked with a move to one of Arsenal's Premier League rivals, Manchester City. Arsenal supporters were shocked. This was at a time when the #WengerOut brigade was in full force, after Arsenal has missed out on a top four finish for the first time in years. Fans were more than disappointed with Arsenal's campaign, despite the FA cup win over Chelsea at the end of the 2016/17 season to prevent their London rivals from a cup double.
Wenger's position as manager was in tatters by the end of May, and only a strong transfer window could sway the fans back in Wenger's favour. Therefore the idea of Sanchez leaving the club, who had been Arsenal's best player by far over the past seasons without debate, was one which Arsenal supporters would struggle to swallow and would surely reignite the #WengerOut parade.
But then, on the 5th of July 2017, Arsenal finally reached into their pockets and splashed a whopping £52 million on Alexandre Lacazette from Olympique Lyonnais. It seemed like a miracle for the Arsenal supporters and the thought of Alexis Sanchez leaving to Manchester City had surely slipped to the back of their minds and the Lacazette hype was all they could talk about.
By this point, the talks of Alexis Sanchez leaving has grew even stronger as the mega-rich PSG and Budesliga dominating Bayern Munich stepped into the picture and enquired about Sanchez's availability. Although, much to the Gunners fans’ delight, Arsene Wenger stayed adamant that he would not leave the club despite the fact that Alexis Sanchez only had a year remaining on his current Arsenal contract. He could walk away for free next summer; a thought which the Arsenal board would not have liked, when they could receive upwards of £60million for the highly skilled forward.
After Bayern declared that Sanchez's wage demands were too high to meet the clubs financial policy and PSG's interest died down with the accusation of a £200m Neymar, it seemed like it was a one horse race to sign the scarlet. It was Manchester City's opportunity to take. However, the club has already spent over £200 million revamping their fullback positions with the likes of Kyle Walker, Danilo and Benjamin Mendy. On top of that, they had spent a world-record fee for a goalkeeper, Ederson, and signed a world class attacking midfielder in Monaco's Bernardo Silva (a potential heir to City legend David Silva).
Even though the Manchester City squad is so talented in skill and has great depth already, the acquisition of Alexis Sanchez from Arsenal could evolve the squad from a great to incredible. This should, on paper, be able to not only win the Premier League title, but advance far into the Champions League possibly even win that trophy too. Looking at the millions of pounds which have been spent on the Manchester City squad in the past few seasons, that sort of optimism seems reasonable.
Alexis Sanchez is a world-class player, and if he joins Manchester City, they will certainly be a world-class team. The Cityzens will surely have one of the best attacks in Europe, and ones which City fans will be drooling over.
I think Alexis Sanchez should be a Manchester City player by the 31st of August. He is an incredible player who should be winning major silverware, and he could take Manchester City's squad to the next level. Not only will Manchester City be strengthened, but Arsenal (a Premier League rival) will be weakened and Manchester City will surely win the Premier League and progress far into the Champions League (an opportunity Sanchez will not got if he remains an Arsenal player). If Sanchez wants to play beautiful attacking football and win major Silverware, then he should join Pep Guardiola's Manchester City.
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