There was a time when Arsenal sold some of their best players at the behest of rivals Clubs, and those players led their new teams in winning the League. Samir Nasri, Gael Clichy and Robin Van Persie are former Gunners with Premier League medals with the Manchester Clubs.
Arsenal’s chances of qualifying for the Champions League this season is thread bare and they risk losing their key players who would fancy starring in the prestigious competition. Following the Gunners dilemma, Man United legend Ryan Giggs has urged Alexis Sanchez to snub the Gunners and join the Red Devils, reports Sky sports.
Sanchez has refused to sign an extension deal with Arsenal even though he will be in the last year of his contract with Arsenal at the end of this season. Former Arsenal Captain Van Persie left Arsenal for United in a similar fashion five years ago.
Van Persie became an instant hit for United as he won the Golden Boot award and won the Premier League in his Man United debut season, and Wenger was accused by fans and pundits of selling the League to United. Giggs reckons that Sanchez can help United bring back the glory days.
“He’s a brilliant player,” Giggs told Premier League Productions. “His work rate, the effect he has on his team-mates, a winner.
“Jose Mourinho bought Zlatan Ibrahimovic because he is a winner. He’d won everywhere he’d gone. Not only the effect on the pitch but off the pitch as well.
“You can just feel that Sanchez would give his team-mates a lift.
“When we bought Van Persie you’re buying a ready-made superstar and everyone was like ‘Van Persie scores 25 goals a season. What a brilliant buy’. And it gives not only the fans a lift, but the players.”
Sanchez started the season playing in an unfamiliar centre-forward position but despite being moved the flank, the Chilean has remained in blistering form. He’s scored 21 League goals but could topple Lukaku to the Golden boot award.
Arsenal play Sunderland tonight but their fate for Champions League qualification is in the hands of Middlesbrough who play Liverpool on the last day of the League.