Arsene Wenger was left clinging on to Alexis Sanchez following a dismal few days for the Emirates outfit.
After being humbled by Liverpool in a 4-0 drubbing at Anfield, many began to question Wenger’s future once again.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain turned down Chelsea and joined Klopp’s Reds who he faced days earlier, and left Wenger struggling with his squad.
Rumours stated Sanchez was set to follow Oxlade-Chamberlain out the door in an apparent £60 million move to Manchester City.
There’s two reasons why Sanchez didn’t leave.
1. The Thomas Lemar deal fell through
This one stunk of desperation. Wenger was quoted in June saying £50 million was too much for Lemar.
Yet on deadline day, the Gunners boss allegedly tabled a £92 million pound bid for the French star.
He almost doubled his bid out in a desperate bid to appease supporters.
In turn, Wenger ultimately knew he couldn’t let Sanchez go without replacing him.
2. The fan backlash
Can you imagine the scenes if Sanchez had left?
Arsenal Fan TV is entertaining at the best of times, but this would have pushed the limits.
Sanchez is a fan favourite at Arsenal, because he is easily their best player – and no supporter enjoys watching their best leave.
A Sanchez departure would have been catastrophic for Arsenal. But it still might be…
With denying the Chilean his wish to leave, Arsenal lost themselves £60 million.
Sanchez is free to speak with foreign sides in January to agree a free transfer next summer – when his contract expires.
It looks as though he is set to walk away from North London and leave Arsenal’s bank balance untouched in the process.
If Man City still want him, they’ll have to hope and wait until June to agree personal terms.
Because they won’t contact him due to tapping up laws before that will they?