Alexis Sanchez is a known target for many top clubs, the leaders being Liverpool, Juventus and Arsenal. Having had a wonderful season with FC Barcelona, Sanchez appears to be on his way out for a bargain fee of around £20m. Here's why he should reject Liverpool and Juventus for a move to the Emirates.
Before we start, let’s just reiterate what a signing Alexis Sanchez would be; with 25 goals and 19 assists in all competitions, and aged just 25, £20m is an outrageously small price. He may still have untapped potential, which is a promising prospect.
Firstly, Sanchez prefers to play as a right-hand forward, or occasionally a second striker. Is this really what Juve and Liverpool need? No. Juventus have the combination of Carlos Tevez and Fernando Llorente who have 38 goals between them, while Liverpool have the terrifying attacking partnership of Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge, who have a phenomenal 58.
It’s true Liverpool do need a winger, but not a goal scoring winger like Sanchez, more of a creative winger like Lallana. However a forward is, indisputably, exactly what Arsenal require in order to become a top team. Arsenal’s two most prolific strikers, Olivier Giroud and Nicklas Bendtner, have a total of 25 goals between them. This emphasises the need.
Secondly, as I said above, Alexis Sanchez is yet to reach his full potential. Well, who in world football would be better at extracting this than Arsene Wenger, at a club reliant on young stars? Alexis Sanchez must appreciate that with Arsene’s training he could become one of Europe’s finest attackers, maybe as soon as next season.
Thirdly, the Chilean forward must appreciate that he will win more trophies at Arsenal than at Liverpool in the upcoming seasons. While Liverpool may have put on a title surge in the last couple of months of the latest Premier League, they are unlikely to have that sort of opportunity in the upcoming seasons.
Liverpool have been reliant on the goals of Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge, and while they were able to manage it this season, who’s to say the pair can maintain their form? Who’s to say their talismanic star player Luis Suarez will not depart to Real Madrid, or pick up some sort of injury?
Or that Liverpool’s dodgy defence will finally prove their Achilles heel? Of course, Liverpool may want Sanchez as a back-up goalscorer, but he wouldn't be content to sit on the bench. Apart from up front, Liverpool lack quality and depth in most areas. Joining Liverpool is definitely not a risk worth taking. Whereas Arsenal, in the words of Arsene Wenger, are on the up after the thrilling comeback victory against Hull.
Indeed the next few seasons could well be onwards and upwards, more trophies won, and Sanchez must appreciate that he could instrumental in their bid for success. Indeed, Sanchez would fit perfectly into the starting lineup of Arsenal; as he could be deployed as a right winger or as a striker. Liverpool do not need a goal scorer, be he a striker or winger, and that’s what Sanchez mostly is. Juventus use wingbacks more than they use wingers, and they are also well furbished in the strike department. Sanchez would fit into the Arsenal team perfectly, and could well blossom.
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