Arsenal’s acquisition of marquee signing – Alexis Sanchez might have excited many but have sure put a bitter taste on the lips of some.
The former Udinese and Barcelona man was prior to his joining Arsenal wanted by Liverpool in a player plus cash deal that will see Liverpool hitman Luis Suarez swap Anfield for the Camp Nuo in exchange for cash plus Sanchez deal.
But this was not to be as reports broke out that the player had turned down the offer to be part of a player plus cash deal. And favoured a move to the Emirates stadium thus leaving a bitter taste in the lips of Anfield faithfuls.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger, who according to many played a vital role in convincing the 25-year-old Chilean star to sign for the Gunners over a week ago has since gone on to secure the services of a right-back for his side.
Although Liverpool have already completed moves for Rickie Lambert, Adam Lallana, Emre Can and Lazar Markovic this summer. But the Reds boss – Brendan Rodgers claims Alexis Sanchez opted to join Arsenal over Liverpool because he wanted to live in London.
The 41-year-old insists his side have no problem when attempting to attract high-profile players
“I don’t think so,” Rodgers told reporters.
“That was one [Sanchez] where geography dictated where he wanted to go – simple as that. It’s been the other way.
“Lots of players are really impressed by what we are doing as a club and really excited about coming to Liverpool.
“It wasn’t due to a lack of ambition by the club. It was about where the player and his family wanted to choose to live.
“He’s a fantastic player and would have suited us. His profile would have been great but it was not to be and we move on.”
Whether geography and/or Liverpool’s lack of ambition dictated Sanchez’s decision to sign for the Gunners or not. One strong point to be noted in the move is that Arsenal’s prowess in the transfer window (in the case of going all out to getting their target and bullying other top teams to the signing of players) seems to be on a high. And this would go a long way in sending a huge statement to our rivals about our intentions to once again dominate on all front in the coming season.