For a while now, the winter transfer window has been open, with players moving in and out of football clubs and making their wishes come true.
From the likes of Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool to Barcelona) to Virgil Van Dijk (Southampton to Liverpool), it’s been a window of many surprises. With more of them to come, managers have been coy in their press conferences, not wanting to say too much and give too much away. One such manager is Arsene Wenger.
Before, during and after “losing” Francis Coquelin to Valencia, the French gaffer has always been grilled by the press about the situation of one man: Alexis Sanchez.
It’s no news that the Chilean wants a move away from the Emirates. For whatever reasons, he has clearly shown how unhappy he has been since he was denied a move during the summer. With his contract running out next summer, Sanchez is the one name that has appeared a lot in the media, day in, day out.
It is reported that he wants to join Pep Guardiola’s project at Manchester City. The Citizens know this and are willing to play the waiting game. But the Red Devils, Manchester United, with Jose Mourinho, have suddenly appeared in the picture. It’s now a two-way fight between the Manchester clubs for the ex-Barcelona man, according to reports.
On Friday, Arsene Wenger was again “tortured” about the future of the want-away man. In the process, he was asked who he’d prefer to play for by Sky Sports reporter Gary Cotterill at the press conference.
Cotterill asked Wenger: “If you were a player, would rather play for Guardiola or Mourinho?” Wenger, as well as the other journalists in the room, laughed at the question and replied: “If I was a player, I would play for the club I am at with 100 per cent commitment.”
Of course, the Arsenal legend may have professionally dodged the question but then again, he must have set the machines rolling in the head of one Alexis Sanchez. Sanchez has played for Pep Gaurdiola before. He knows what is like to be in the “high-pressure, quick-short-passes, high-line-of-defense” set up.
But he’s never played for Jose Mourinho before. Of course the Portuguese’s C.V speaks for itself and Alexis may be wondering about the prospect of following in the footsteps of a certain Robin van Persie by moving to the Theatre of Dreams.
If you were Alexis Sanchez and you had the opportunity to move, who would you rather play for? One manager whose team has been unbeaten in the most-watched league in the world – until Liverpool smashed the streak – or the other who looks set to miss out on winning the Premier League title for another year?
Would you prefer to spend your training sessions with players like Kevin de Bruyne, David Silva and Vincent Kompany or will you prefer to share to same training ground with Paul Pogba, Zlatan and David de Gea?
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