As always, the silly season is full of suspense as to who we will sign. It is even worse during a World Cup year, where some of the best players in the world are away and deals are harder to get done. After the tension and drama of having to wait until the last minute for Ozil last season, fans could be forgiven for being sceptical about transfers going down to the wire this time as well. This is why it was a pleasant surprise to have Alexis Sanchez, a world class wide forward, done so early on in the window. Our second most expensive player is an exciting prospect for us for many reasons and is another indication of our ambition. So what can Alexis Sanchez bring to Arsenal?
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It is the eve of the World Cup but it is also the silly season, and in the silly season there’s plenty of speculation in the press that gets tongues wagging, none moreso than the recent revelation that our former captain, Cesc Fabregas would be leaving Barcelona. Initially it was believed that we would exercise our buy-back clause in his contract and finally answer the long awaited question amongst Gooners of who would replace Cesc Fabregas (with the answer being Cesc Fabregas!).
Unfortunately it has been revealed from several sources including reliable ones such as the BBC that we will not be exercising this option and Fabregas will not be an Arsenal player once more. Is this the right decision? The short answer is no, but the long (probably right) answer is yes. [click to continue…]