Stop Slandering Alexis…

AOOne must stay true and honest to what one feels. This may be a debatable topic and so I want to make it clear that its okay to not agree with my opinion. That’s your right.

Alexis Sanchez is one player whom Arsenal fans have a very mixed feeling about. The man has been Arsenal’s best performer since he arrived from FC Barcelona for 30 million pounds.

He is a ‘work-horse’ and runs his legs off every day, each game week. Please be open-minded and understand that there is a chance that players can have a dip in form, that players may not have the best games. Yet however, I think its safe to say that when it comes to Sanchez his good game to bad game ratio is in short, favourable(more good than bad) over the last year at Arsenal (there is no doubt about this over his entire tenure at Arsenal)

There has been a lot of transfer jargon last summer regarding Sanchez leaving. Was I happy about it? No. Do I want him to leave? No. But, do I think he will leave because the man gives it all every game and innately thinks he deserves some level of recognition? Yes.

Now before you judge the man(again), try to think, if you as an Arsenal fan have felt like this before – quite frankly this should not be new to Arsenal fans.

It’s in fact, the same template only the players are different. Replace Sanchez with Fabregas, Van Persie and you get the same thing. Players who left the club with the feeling of deficiency when it comes to their expectation.

Take Van Persie’s case :

Why did Wenger allow him to go?

“I let Van Persie go in the last year of his contract because he was 29, going on 30 and he was signing a long-term contract.

What did Van Persie say?

“I personally have had a great season but my goal has been to win trophies with the team and to bring the club back to its glory days.

“Out of my huge respect for Mr Wenger, the players and the fans I don’t want to go into any details, but unfortunately in this meeting, it has again become clear to me that we in many aspects disagree on the way Arsenal FC should move forward.”

Now ask yourself the question and try to remain neutral (even if its hard).

I don’t like what he said, but does that make what he said wrong?

He does not agree with the way the club was moving forward based on his expectations and thus leaves.

Wenger describes the Sanchez situation very similar to Van Persie, citing that he let the latter leave because he was going to be 30. On the contrary, replace Messi with Van Persie, would you let Messi go if he was going on 30? Does one let the marque player leave because he’s getting old ??

Sanchez has chosen to stay quiet because he knows he is valuable and after a point of time, money will not matter. Yes, that particular point of time may not be now but it’s still there. If I wanted to win the champions league and I am 8th in my domestic league, my immediate goal is to qualify for the competition, winning comes later. Similarly, Sanchez knows he is valuable, yet even if Arsenal agree his wage demands of supposedly 350,000-400,000 a week (rightfully so given his quality and value to the team) he may not agree…

When Arsenal fans are first to say that this team is shit and we have no chance of winning anything and becoming a world-class team (wow, such truth) – nobody says a word. Yet, if an Arsenal player supposedly implies anything similar to this, everybody is so fast to call him out.

Get used to one harsh fact in life.

Alexis Sanchez will most likely depart the club in January or for free next season. Let’s separate the reaction from the cause and let’s focus on the latter – try asking yourself why is history being repeated. Environment breeds reactions so why is this aspect going unchecked. Why are we always focusing on the end result of the player leaving and not asking ourselves why is he choosing to leave?

Don’t blame Sanchez, blame the environment. Today it’s Sanchez, tomorrow it will be Ozil and then the next marque player we get. The system itself is faulty so why blame the pawn when the chess board itself is unstable.

Personally, I have alienated myself from Alexis. I’m happy if he does well and if he doesn’t, I don’t care. I had a lot of respect for him and I still do – the only difference is that it’s tarnished a bit because at the end of the day I support Arsenal FC and not Alexis FC. This man has given so much for Arsenal and I just think it’s wrong for anyone to brand him in the same league as Nasri – that shameless pig, so I choose to disassociate myself from him.

Think of the big picture.

Since it’s becoming more and more evident that Arsenal is not being managed properly – if every single time the best player of the team(Fabregas, Van Persie, Sanchez) has issues with extending a contract, is it always fair to assume he is a money hungry prick or can we objectively look at the picture in order to ask ourselves, why again?