I Hope Alexis Sanchez Leaves and Joins Chelsea!

Reports have come out today that Alexis Sanchez is Antonio Conte’s main transfer target this coming summer. The reason why this story has come out now is that Chelsea are apparently thrashing out a new deal for the Italian and part of the talks involve discussing his future plans for Chelsea.

Alexis is on £130k a week at Arsenal and is apparently demanding  £250k – the way he sees it is that it’ll be his last big contract and that he is worth that weekly wage.

Added to that the discontent around the club, centering around the future of Arsene Wenger.

But those who support the club know our problems are much deeper than that. With Arsenal at the helm we have no backbone, there’s no leaders on the pitch – we’re stuck in a constant fight for fourth, with no chance or actually challenging for the Premier League or Champions League.

Alexis Sanchez has been at the club 3 years now and for all his blood, swear and tears, he’s won an FA Cup.

Whatever you think about the man, he always gives 110%, and as a fan that’s all you want. You don’t care if they’re limited ability-wise, you just want the players who wear the red and white of Arsenal to give it everything on the pitch. But too often we see tepid, lethargic and spineless performances. 

He has his moods but I think all Arsenal fans not just understand his frustrations but share them. We are gutless and if our players had as much fight as they had ability, we’d be far better off.

Could you blame Sanchez if he ditched us for Chelsea? I don’t think Arsenal fans would treat him like they would Fabregas as it’s clear he isn’t going got win anything with us.

If Chelsea went in for Sanchez I’d wish him all the very best. A player who has guts, ambition and fight would do well at Chelsea – a team full of players who always fight and leave it all on the pitch.

Conte is a manager who you can tell would motivate his players and make them fight week in week out, and you can see it this season light as day.

Sanchez Should be Treated Like a God: Give Him What he Deserves

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Source: Alexis Sanchez via Facebook

Recent reports on the Alexis Sanchez contract saga now say that the issue won’t be resolved until the summer – which probably means that the best player to wear a Gunners shirt in years will be sold off to the highest bidder. So why aren’t Arsenal doing more to keep hold of their shining star?

Gunners fans continue to stare at news of this stalemate between club and player with shocked and appalled expressions on their faces. It’s clear to all and sundry that Arsenal should be doing everything they can to keep Sanchez at the club. Aside from offering the Chilean the kind of weekly salary a player of his quality deserves, the Arsenal board should be polishing his shoes, installing Sanchez shrines and statues, and building him his own wing at the Emirates Stadium. The former Barcelona man has had an incredible season and is still in with a chance of ending as the Premier League’s top scorer. With 18 league goals to his name, using Player Props betting with Sportsbet.io to wager on whether Sanchez will score in a given game has been a shrewd way of betting this season.

Probably the best player to wear the red and white since Thierry Henry, Sanchez has been a picture of clear frustration this season (see video below), as despite his best efforts the side continues to underachieve. This is a player oozing with passion, desperate for success, and someone who will not allow his career to stagnate and dry up without collecting trophies. Clubs all over Europe are ready and waiting to table offers for the silky attacker in the summer, and draw up lucrative new contract deals with the added promise of success. So what can Arsenal do to keep wolves like Inter Milan from the door?

Here’s a thought: How about making him the captain at the Emirates? He wants to play every minute of every match, gets into a sulk when things are out of his control, and genuinely wants Arsenal to do well. If he was given the responsibility of leader he would have more influence over his and the team’s situation, and may feel as though he can lead them to glory. It would make him the undisputed main man, a role every football fan knows he desires.

Of course, there’d have to be the promise of actual strong reinforcements in the transfer window this time. Who remembers Lucas something-or-other who Arsene Wenger brought in last summer as striking backup? They need bigger names to work alongside the likes of Sanchez and Mesut Ozil. Arsenal aren’t in debt anymore and have the money to spend on quality players. With the teams around them making bigger moves, the Gunners can’t afford to sit still in this respect.

And what about actually giving the player what he wants and increasing his salary to reflect his worth? No offence to Danny Welbeck, but the club have spent the best part of two seasons paying the injury-prone striker’s wages while he’s been in the treatment room. If they can afford to do that, they can afford to pay Sanchez his due.

People Power Will Force the End of Wenger’s Gunners Reign

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“Arsène Wenger” by Ronnie Macdonald (CC BY-2.0)

As disgruntled Gunners fans prepare to fly a banner at the next away game calling for the sacking of Arsene Wenger, the 67-year-old has admitted that people power will play a part in his future.

“Fans will have an influence,” he admitted in a recent news conference. “You consider everything. It will not be the most important factor but you consider it, of course. I’ve worked very hard for 20 years to make the fans happy and when you lose I understand they are not.”

Make no mistake about it, with the rising groundswell of opposition to the long-time boss being offered a new contract this summer, Wenger’s days are numbered at the Emirates. While the Frenchman has largely enjoyed the support of the majority of Gunners fans over his 20-year tenure due to success on the pitch, their patience is now wearing thin.

There is arguably nothing more influential in football than popular opinion. Take, for example, the capping of away match tickets at £30 by all Premier League sides at the start of the season. The move came following the concerted and continued efforts of supporters’ groups, who had long protested that they were being unfairly hit in the pocket by clubs. According to a recent study by money-saving website Voucherbox, which takes into account both ticket and travel costs, Gunners fans would actually save around £183 a year by attending each of the club’s 19 away games rather than going to home matches.

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“Arsenal FA Cup Parade 2015″ by joshjdss (CC BY-2.0)

Similarly, Cardiff City is also an eminent example of people power in action. When businessman Vincent Tan took over the Bluebirds in 2012, he extraordinarily ended over 100 years of tradition by changing the club’s trademark colours from blue to red. Understandably, Cardiff’s fan base were unimpressed with the abrupt switch-up, which Tan incredulously justified by describing red as a “lucky” colour. Following three years of widespread fan protests in the Welsh capital, the Malaysian investor performed an even more extraordinary U-turn by reverting the club’s home colours to blue two years ago.

With Arsenal currently lying fifth in the table, missing out on Champions League action next season seems a genuine possibility – with the FA Cup remaining the solitary, but admittedly slim, chance for silverware. For a lot of fans, this is no longer good enough; Arsenal have struggled to keep up with their Premier League rivals over the past several years, and title contention has barely seemed likely.

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“Arsenal Members’ Day 2015″ by joshjdss (CC BY-2.0)

If fans can drive down ticket prices and force about a change in the very identity of their club, regime change is surely not out of the question, either. Indeed, Wenger should be concerned by a recent statement from Arsenal chairman Sir Chips Keswick, who despite claiming that “any decisions [on Wenger’s future] will be made mutually”, refused to give the Frenchman the board’s full backing in the form of an extension to his current contract, due to expire in the summer.

Do you have any thoughts on Wenger’s future at the Emirates? Let us know in the comments section below.

Arsenal Facing Uncertain Future

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Alexis Sánchez“ (CC BY 2.0) by Ronnie Macdonald

Arsenal are staring down the barrel of a dangerous future, with the potential departures of manager Arsene Wenger and key players Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil.

Wenger is the longest-serving boss in the Premier League, accruing 20 years to his tenure in the Gunners’ dugout, but he has yet to confirm that he will be staying with the club for next season. However, many of the club’ supporters would not mind seeing the back of the Frenchman due to Arsenal’s stagnation over the past decade.

The fate of Sanchez and Ozil is also in limbo given that their contracts are about to expire and no new deals appear to be in sight. The Gunners’ predicament appeared to take a turn for the worse when reports suggested that the Chilean forward had become disillusioned with life at the Emirates Stadium, leading to disagreements with his teammates and Wenger after being left out of the starting line-up in the club’s 3-1 defeat to Liverpool.

A handshake between Sanchez and the Frenchman signalled that the issue may have been overblown, although that will not ease the fears of supporters over the direction the Gunners are heading in the Premier League and the potential loss of two of their star players.

It has never been more important for Arsenal to finish in the top four of the top flight this term, with the club being backed in the latest football betting odds at 11/8 to claim a Champions League place.

A failure to finish in fourth place or above would be the first time the club have failed to accomplish the feat in Wenger’s tenure, highlighting a decline in their fortunes since their defeat in the final of Europe’s elite competition in 2006.

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Arsène Wenger looks on“ (CC BY 2.0) by Ronnie Macdonald

Should Wenger, Sanchez and Ozil all depart this summer, it would leave a huge void in the spine of the side and the foundation of the club itself. Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri has been touted to replace the Frenchman, although whether he could be convinced to leave the Bianconeri in the midst in the most successful runs in the team’s history would be another matter.

Allegri also inherited situations at Juve and before during his tenure with AC Milan with sides in positions of strength. I Bianconeri had previously won the league three seasons on the bounce under Antonio Conte before his arrival, while Milan boasted a strong squad featuring Alessandro Nesta, Thiago Silva and Zlatan Ibrahimovic in their Serie A triumph in the 2010-11 season.

As Pep Guardiola has proved at Manchester City, there’s no guarantee of immediate success in the Premier League.

Marco Reus, Isco and James Rodriguez have been suggested as potential replacements for Sanchez and Ozil. However, the German has had huge issues with his fitness, while both Isco and Rodriguez have failed to make the grade at Real Madrid – something which plagued Ozil during his time at the Bernabeu.

If these players fail to offer an improvement on the duo, especially Sanchez who has been indispensable to the Gunners with his 17 goals and nine assists in the Premier League, Arsenal could take a further step back.

This could be the biggest summer in the history of the club should they lose arguably their three most important assets. And although replacing Wenger may seem a good idea at the moment, there’s no outstanding candidate out there to take his place in the dugout.

Down But Not Out: Arsenal Still Have Plenty to Play for This Season

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Empty Emirates Stadium“ (CC BY 2.0) by wonker

Arsenal’s Champions League dreams may be over for another year but the Gunners are still in contention for FA Cup glory and a spot in the top four; supporters shouldn’t be hitting the panic buttons just yet.

While some fans are ready to draw a curtain on Arsenal’s current campaign, the vast majority understand that victory over Lincoln City this weekend will give Arsene Wenger’s men a real chance to win the FA Cup this season.

The Gunners suffered another embarrassing 5-1 defeat to Bayern Munich earlier this week; their second heavy defeat to the German giants in the last month.

Wenger’s side must now turn their immediate attention to Lincoln; defeat to the National League outfit would signal the end of Wenger’s tenure at the Emirates Stadium. Just imagine how much criticism he will have to deal with if Arsenal slip up in that contest…

As of March 8th, Arsenal are fifth in the Premier League table – two points behind Liverpool, although the Gunners do have a game in hand on Jurgen Klopp’s side.

 

A top-four finish isn’t out of the question just yet and Wenger will be quietly confident of securing Champions League football at the Emirates for the 21st year in a row. Even when Arsenal seem down and out, they always find a way to finish in the top four; and fans will expect the Gunners to dig deep in the coming months.

Will a fourth-placed finish suffice? Probably not. Arsenal fans are sick and tired of settling for Champions League football – the majority of supporters want the Gunners to challenge for silverware.

Wenger’s men last won the Premier League title back in 2004 and it would be fair to state that the Frenchman has struggled to build a championship-winning side since the likes of Patrick Vieira, Thierry Henry and Ashley Cole left the club.

Should Arsenal, currently priced at 10/3 to win the FA Cup for a record 13th time in Paddy Power odds, defeat Lincoln City, they will be involved in a Wembley semi-final and from there, anything is possible.

The uncertainty surrounding Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil goes on but Arsenal have shown that they can win without these two men in the past and, with the utmost respect to fifth tier Lincoln, they shouldn’t have too many problems in that clash.

Wenger is under intense pressure right now and the Frenchman will be desperate to win the FA Cup in a last-ditch bid to save his job.

Fans are baying for blood after Arsenal’s latest setback in the Champions League but the Gunners boss deserves to see out the rest of the campaign at the very least. From there, the Arsenal hierarchy will have a difficult decision to make.

It is hard to be positive right now but Arsenal are still in contention for a top four finish and FA Cup glory. At the start of the campaign, fans wanted to challenge for the title but Chelsea have been by far and away the strongest team in the Premier League this year.

Keep the faith and hopefully, Wenger will deliver another FA Cup victory and a Champions League finish at the end of the season.