Alexis Sanchez has admitted he was left disappointed by his first season with Arsenal, as he wasn’t able to achieve more success.
The Chile international enjoyed tremendous fortune by most standards, clinching the FA Cup and finishing as his side’s top goalscorer. The former Barcelona man took next to no time to settle in the Premier League and hasn’t looked back since, although he thinks there’s still room for improvement.
Given how meagre the Gunners’ Champions League challenge was - it fell off the rails against AS Monaco - and the fact that they rarely troubled Chelsea for the league title, Sanchez may have a point, though Arsene Wenger could well be surprised by any implication that he feels like he hasn’t been properly served in north London.
“I would have liked to be in the Champions League final or to have won the Premier League title," he told reporters, according to Goal.
"I believe we have a bunch of skillful players so to not achieve more is disappointing."
Of course with his former club Barca having completed a famous treble by way of rolling over Juventus in the Champions League final this weekend Sanchez’s comments may just be a channel for his bitterness at seeing his old teammates aspire to superstardom while he is stuck with just a domestic cup to celebrate.
There can be no questioning that Arsenal’s ability to keep the FA Cup for a second consecutive season is impressive, but given that Alexis arrived from a club that is routinely expected to win every competition it enters one can begin to see the source of frustration.
If nothing else the statement certainly leans towards the theory that Sanchez will want Arsenal to do better next term.
It’s been a long time since the Gunners looked as complete as they do now in terms of squad strength, and with one or two fine additions they might well have a team capable of challenging the very best.
That said such quality will heap the pressure on Wenger’s men to do well, and the weight of expectancy could end up being a detrimental factor for those players who aren’t used to having to thrive under it.
Sanchez himself isn’t likely to be fazed by any extra ambition put behind the club given his history in Spain and notoriety as a big-game player, but one thing he will expect is that his teammates are every bit as influential as he is.
If they’re not, and Arsenal fall short of a sustained Premier League challenge, there could be questions arising over his future this time next year. The 26-year-old appears to be loving his football at the moment, but in the end he’s a glory-hunter, no doubt about it.
Arsenal fans, do you think the Gunners had a disappointing season? Was the FA Cup enough for this year? Let us know your thoughts on the matter in the comments box below.
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