Alexis Sanchez waited all summer, rejecting the advances of Paris Saint-Germain and Bayern Munich, to secure the move to Manchester City he wanted. Cruelly for the Chilean international, a deadline day move collapsed, and judging by his posts on social media in recent days, he is suffering as a result.
Arsene Wenger said in the aftermath of the failed move, “I have no doubt about Alexis’ mind and mentality that people question.”
However, Alexis’ Chile teammate Mauricio Isla has suggested that the wounds are deep, with Alexis having had his heart set on a reunion with Pep Guardiola, the coach who signed him for FC Barcelona in 2011.
“He is in a top club like Arsenal but was happy to move to another team,” Isla told the local press at Santiago airport.
“The transfer was very important for him but did not happen.
“The news changed completely, of him not signing and the contract not being given. Surely that hurts.
“Now that he returns, I hope he regains the level he has, that person he is, that player he is because when he is well, the team is much better.”
Unless something changes, Alexis is more than likely set to become a Manchester City player in the near future, with suggestions that City will exploit his lack of motivation and unhappiness at Arsenal with a £20million January bid – that would be £40million below what was offered on deadline day.
If Arsenal refuse advances in the New Year, as they have every right to do, Alexis will become a Manchester City player on a free transfer next year and finally getting the move he held out for all summer.