Alexis Sanchez's move to Manchester United draws nearer and nearer.
After a long period flirting with their noisy neighbours City, the Chilean appears to have made up his mind on a move to Old Trafford, signing a £500,000-a-week contract in the process.
Arsenal will, of course, miss the presence of arguably their finest player, with Sanchez scoring 24 goals in the Premier League last season - he was pretty much the only one that turned up.
Now, Gunners fans will be hoping Mesut Ozil and Jack Wilshere extend their deals, Henrikh Mkhitaryan hits the ground running and Alexandre Lacazette starts scoring goals.
Quite a lot to wish for, right?
Safe to say there is a lot of negativity from Arsenal supporters right now and Arsene Wenger certainly won't have helped matters with his latest comments.
The Frenchman finally opened up about Sanchez's impending move, but suggested fans will not be too displeased like they were with Robin van Persie's departure in 2012.
WENGER NOT REALLY HELPING HIMSELF
“Our fans know Alexis will not extend - they have accepted that idea and the fact it will not be one-way traffic,” said Wenger.
“It will be other-way traffic as well and that makes the whole thing a bit smoother, maybe a bit less disappointing. We lose a player, yes, but we could gain another player. I think one would replace the other.”
“We arrive to a level where the money for players who are free is so big, and the transfers so big, that the players think, ‘It’s better I go to the end of my contract’.
“We took Van Persie when he played in the reserve team at Feyenoord. We made a long work with him. When you get them there and, after they leave, that is the most painful.”
Yeah, the pain is probably just as bad. It might even be worse, given the fact that Wenger himself promised a Van Persie-like situation would never happen again.
Five years later and here we are.
Jose Mourinho will be chucking away to himself while acquiring a truly world-class player, while Wenger faces the arduous task of rebuilding his forward line.
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