Former Arsenal player Alexis Sanchez has spoken out on his wish to return to Arsenal when he first joined Man United in a swap deal in 2018, after one training session.
The former Barcelona star moved to the Old Trafford from the Emirates Stadium in a deal that had Henrikh Mkhitaryan move the opposite direction but it seem like a career-suicide mission as he lived only in his shadows.
Earning £560,000 weekly wage at the Old Trafford, it was still a nightmare spell for Alexis Sanchez as he scored just five goals in 45 games before being sent out to Inter Milan on loan the following season.
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According to him, in a surprise video on Instagram, there were a lot of things that were unknown about the deal until he got signed up and that led to his frustration, starting from his first training with the team.
Alexis Sanchez revealed how he told his representative that he wanted to return to Arsenal immediately but that wasn’t possible because of the already signed contract.
Recalling how he was dropped by former manager Jose Mourinho against West Ham United, Alexis Sanchez said it was a fall to grass as it has never happened to him as a player.
Mikel Arteta told what he must STOP to start winning again
North London outfit Arsenal started the Premier League season on a very high note with two wins in three games but that changed after the return from the last international break with the two defeats against Man City and Leicester City.
The Gunners can only boast of nine points from six games this season and they are nowhere close to the top four to raise fears that last season’s fate could still befall the team at the end of the campaign.
Arsenal legend Martin Keown holds the opinion that Mikel Arteta’s managerial style of selection and squad rotation might be the reason for his recent defeats, stressing that it must stop immediately.
Martin Keown noted that Mikel Arteta must be consistent in his team’s selection, stressing that it enhances his success as he laments that there has not been consistency so far.
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The Gunners legend told the Spanish boss that the inconsistency in selection is one the reason why former manager Unai Emery failed to get results at eth Emirates Stadium and that led to his sack.
“They keep changing from one system to another and they did this with Emery,” Martin Keown told Stadium Astro.
Martin Keown said he would like to see an Arsenal team and find the same pictures, the same triangles, movements, partnership, and relationship because that is the only way there can be a better understanding and teamwork.
He warned that there will be no rhythm in the team if the managerial style of the former Man City assistant manager continues.
There is rebuilding in the Arsenal team and it is evident with the recruitment of new and strategic players but they are yet to translate it into results as Mikel Arteta embarks on his mission to give the gunners a new shape and culture.
Edu and Mikel Arteta actually clashed in the summer transfer window
A lot of positive words have been said about the relationship between Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta and the technical director Edu during the just concluded summer transfer window unknown to most persons that they actually clashed.
It is revealed that the Spanish boss actually lost the “fight” as his reason for the clash was not achieved with Arsenal bringing in a different candidate from his wish.
The North London outfit brought in Brazilian international Willian, Thomas Partey, and Gabriel Magalhaes and they are both instrumental in the current stride of the club and have made impacts.
L’Equipe via Sport Witness revealed that the reason for the clash between Mikel Arteta and Edu was because of the preference between Thomas Partey and Houssem Aouar.
The Spanish boss actually wanted the French midfielder over the Ghanaian international but was unable to negotiate his deal as Lyon refused to come down on their demand for the fee.
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It would be recalled that Lyon chief Jean-Michel Aulas stated that that the North London outfit were timid in their offer for Houssem Aouar and were happy he did not leave eventually.
Edu’s decision to dump the bid for Houssem Aouar was never made clear but he went ahead to ensure the activation of Thomas Partey’s release clause.
However, the former Man City assistant manager has moved on and he has no problem with the coming of Thomas Partey as he has showered praise on the former Atletico Madrid midfielder for bringing in great quality to his team.
Mikel Arteta has revealed that he will now have options of different style of play with the presence of Thomas Partey in the team.
Meanwhile, the North London outfit have been asked to return for the signature of Houssem Aouar in the next summer transfer window so as to complement the effort of the Ghanaian international.
EPL: Former Arsenal player makes biggest revelation
Former Arsenal star Alex Hleb has revealed that his biggest regret about his career is leaving Arsenal for Barcelona as at the time he did.
Alex Hleb dumped the North London outfit on July 26, 2008, to the Spanish la Liga giants and claims it is one of the biggest mistakes of his career.
“Many years later and I still think about it. I don’t understand what happened or why I made the decision.”
The former Barcelona winger added that the Spanish giants were the best team in the world at that time and that was what attracted him to Spain but he was actually happy at Arsenal because of the friends he had at the club and the manager.
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Alex Hleb also revealed how he cried when he spoke to former manager Arsene Wenger during the holiday before he left the club because he was told by the French boss that he is still needed at the club.
The winger admitted to winning titles at Camp Nou but he did not get enough playing time as he did at Arsenal and that affected his career as he was unable to find his way to any of the top teams again.
Alex Hleb cannot be forgotten at Arsenal for his dazzles and his attacking spirit but his stay was cut short by his move to Barcelona. He eventually returned to England but not to one of the big teams which is a limit to the prospect he had.
Howbeit, Arsenal have moved on since Alex Hleb left the club but he still has his mind at the club and will never forget all of the memories he never got elsewhere.
Meanwhile, Alex Hleb never won the Premier League at Arsenal and that is the current project being embarked upon by current manager Mikel Arteta.