Wenger: Why Sanchez's Exit Won't Hurt Like Van Persie's
Arsene Wenger: Why Alexis Sanchez's Exit Won't Hurt Like Robin Van Persie's
Arsene Wenger has explained why he thinks Alexis Sanchez's exit will not hurt the Arsenal fans as much as Robin van Persie's did in 2012.
The Netherlands international angered the London side's supporters when he decided to join Premier League rivals Manchester United six years ago, and went on to win the league title in his first season with the Red Devils.
Sanchez, who is soon to be a free agent, is now almost certain to follow the same path Van Persie did, but Wenger feels the situation is completely different this time around.
"I would say that our fans today know that Sanchez will not extend his contract, and they have accepted that idea," Wenger said, as quoted by FourFourTwo.
"And the fact that it will not be one-way traffic, it will be other-way traffic as well (with Mkhitaryan), so that makes the whole thing a bit smoother maybe, a bit less disappointing. We lose a player, yes, but we could gain another player of top level as well.
"When it was with Van Persie it was a similar case, in the fact that he had only one year to go. Maybe it was the first case where the big players, Van Persie was one of the first cases where a big player didn't extend his contract and came close to the end of his contract.
"That will happen more and more. Because we arrive at a level where the money at stake for players who are free is so big, and the transfers are so big, that the players think 'it's better I go to the end of my contract, and if I don't get the whole integrity of the transfer now, if I get only half, it's a huge amount of money.'"
Sanchez has made 22 appearances for Arsenal so far this season, scoring eight goals and assisting four further strikes.
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