By Tony Attwood
So it wasn’t a phantom signing at all – as the Star and Talksprout desperately tried to claim yesterday (suggesting it was another Higuain case, but forgetting to say who the “Ozil” was in the deal, if it were to be a complete repeat of last year).
And it didn’t make the main sport story on Radio Five Live this morning – that was Neymar saying he could have been crippled by the tackle that took him out of the world cup. But then that station never made Arsenal the lead before, during or after the FA Cup final.
And we didn’t fail to make signings because Mr Wenger is in Brazil rather than attending to his duties as some of the anti-Arsenal blogs suggested. In fact is was a meeting in Brazil between the two that sorted it all out.
I’m reminded (because I have that sort of brain) of the old story that Arsene Wenger speaks six languages – which is six more than Sir Alex F-word ever managed. Certainly that linguistic ability comes in handy – knowing Mr Wenger he probably manages Spanish with a South American accent. Just to make the lad feel at home.
The contract is “said to be” five years and speaking from Brazil our Mr W said, “As many people have seen during the World Cup this summer, Alexis is a fantastic footballer and we are delighted that he is joining us at Arsenal.
“Alexis will add power, creativity and much quality to our squad and we are all looking forward to him joining up with us in a few weeks. He has consistently produced top-quality performances at the highest level for a number of seasons now and we are all excited to see him integrate into the Arsenal squad. I’m sure all Arsenal supporters will join me in welcoming Alexis to our club.”
And none of this depended on that old racist vampire Luis Suárez going to Barcelona. And Juventus didn’t steal Alexis at the last moment in what the papers love to call a hi-jacking. Sánchez didn’t want Liverpool – and who save a demented racist vampire would?
“I’m so happy to be joining Arsenal, a club which has a great manager, a fantastic squad of players, huge support around the world and a great stadium in London,” said Sánchez and that just about sums it up. When Arsenal has the money, as it does now, it attracts players. The only thing going against us are the anti-Arsenal Arsenal (AAA) who endlessly snipe, moan, complain, and get bitter. For them the FA Cup isn’t a trophy. Having the second longest period in the Champions League is worth nothing.
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But they didn’t put off Ozil and they haven’t put off Sánchez.
Here’s his record to date…
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Alexis’ first game for Colo-Colo was on 23 June 2006 in a 1–1 draw with Antofagasta. He won his first title in Colo-Colo
After the Under 20 World Cup he went on loan to River Plate, and won the league there, before moving on to Italy. In 2008 however he had a slump in form and was heavily criticised for a while, but came back to form as his team got to the semi-final of the Coppa Italia in 2010.
On 27 February 2011, Sánchez scored four goals in the 7-0 defeat of Palermo – and that with playing under an hour of the game.
He was named the world’s most promising young player in 2011 – in a ranking that compared his with Gareth Bale, Javier Pastore, Ganso and Neymar.
Meanwhile, in other transfer news, Arteta’s agent Inaki Ibanez says that Arteta is staying at Arsenal. “We have not spoken to any club and I would like to remind everyone that we are talking about the Arsenal captain, with all respect for Fiorentina.”Everywhere the story is that Newcastle’s Mathieu Debuchy is on the move for £11m, with Javier Manquillo coming in on loan to allow Carl Jenkinson to go to Newcastle, perhaps on loan, to get more games.Not a bad day eh?
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