Yesterday Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis claimed that Arsenal holding onto their two stars Alexis Sánchez and Mesut Özil after a stressful transfer window was a show of intent from the club. Obviously, both are incredible talents as they have won honors for club and country so not shockingly, most teams were going after the duo. Most notably Alexis Sánchez as Pep Guardiola and Manchester City were all over the Chilean. They were stopped though as Arsenal kept their man as they seemed to be getting low balled and of course, didn't get their replacement in Thomas Lemar. There is no disputing these players make Arsenal a better team, but is this truly a sign of intent? I don't think so, let's break it down.
Before I start, I just want to say, there is no arguing the skill level of these two players, even though I feel Alexis Sánchez is miles better than Mesut, I do think both players are good (no hate mail please).
I understand what the big boss at Arsenal is doing. Losing two out of their first three matches, arguments between fans, and now a pretty clear issue in the locker room, a lot of pundits are saying how we are watching the meltdown of Arsenal. For this reason, Ivan Gazidis knew he had to try to calm the masses with this statement. In saying this, it's clearly wrong. First off, I do believe Alexis Sánchez is world class, not just because of his immense talent, but his willingness to succeed and his consistency. Sadly you really can't say that about Mesut Özil. The guy has so much talent, but he has been a shadow of his old self in the last few months for Arsenal and I feel has slipped below players like Christian Eriksen and Kevin De Bruyne. Due to this, I do believe Özil has found his level, and I do see him staying at Arsenal, but do I think Alexis will? HELL TO THE FUCKING NO! No one with a brain sees this as a sign of intent! Keeping a player against his own will at a club isn't intent! If they sign these two then yes, that is intent but right now it's all bullshit, and Arsenal fans are worried! I called this a month or so ago, if Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is REJECTING 100k a week contracts at your club you are in a baaaaaad spot! Players are looking to leave, they see it as a sinking ship, but until these guys sign or Arsène Wenger shuts up and spends to replace them there is no intent. There is nothing, and yes, they will win games, but they will lose some, and every single time they do the blame will be at Stan Kroenke and Arsène Wenger, and this time, I can't see them soaking up this pressure.
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