Alexis Sanchez’s departure from Arsenal to Manchester United has finally been confirmed and there has been plenty of reaction to the swap deal with Henrikh Mkhitaryan.
However, the silence from Arsenal players after Sanchez left for United has been deafening.
Social media posts wishing the Chilean well from his former Arsenal teammates have been few and far between - totally different to the tributes Theo Walcott received after he joined Everton last week.
There have been reports this season that Sanchez caused plenty of unrest in the Arsenal dressing room, with The Sun saying last month that Arsenal players wanted him to leave the club.
If that is true, they’ve finally got their wish.
But it comes at a crucial time for the Gunners.
They take on Chelsea in the second-leg of their Carabao Cup semi-final, after they drew 0-0 at Stamford Bridge in the first tie.
They will, of course, be without the departed Sanchez but Mkhitaryan will also be ineligible after playing in the competition for United earlier in the campaign.
MUSTAFI'S TWEET AHEAD OF CHELSEA MATCH
And defender Shkodran Mustafi sent a rousing tweet ahead of the massive clash. However, loads of Arsenal fans thought the German was taking a subtle dig at Sanchez’s attitude in the meantime.
Mustafi wrote: “Come on Gunners, all together now! #ARSCHE #LeagueCup #semifinal #sm20 @Arsenal”
“All together now!”
Arsenal fans are convinced those three words are aimed at Alexis and his behaviour towards the end of his Arsenal career.
ARSENAL FANS REACT
Just check out the reaction:
WENGER ON MKHITARYAN'S 'GOOD TEAM ATTITUDE'
Some Arsenal supporters even thought Arsene Wenger took a parting shot at Sanchez by claiming the incoming Mkhitaryan had “a good team attitude.”
"Overall, I think Mkhitaryan has the qualities to integrate into our game, which is based a lot on movement and technical quality. He has a good team attitude as well and I am confident that it will work,” Wenger said.
Arsenal fans could be reading a bit too much into these little comments. The biggest evidence that Arsenal are more united without Sanchez in the squad will be seen on the pitch and in their results - starting against Chelsea on Wednesday.
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