The date is 17th August 2012 and Robin van Persie has just completed a £24m move from Arsenal to Manchester United.
Fans of the former are incensed that the Dutchman has been sold to one of their biggest rivals in the Premier League and many would have felt that the club would never allow such a transfer to happen again.
Fast-forward to January 2018 and Arsene Wenger’s most prized asset, Alexis Sanchez, is following in van Persie’s footsteps as he completes a switch to Old Trafford.
However, while RVP promptly won the league, the Chilean is floundering under Jose Mourinho with reports emerging that the £500,000-a-week star is already keen on an exit just ten months later.
Meanwhile, Unai Emery’s side are looking in their best shape for years as they push for the esteemed top four spots. With Mesut Ozil, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette to name but a few, the London club have star quality and big names galore and the loss of Sanchez has been more or less forgotten.
Some discussion of the former Barcelona man still remains, however, as Gunners fans took to Twitter to debate a shock return to the Emirates…
Not in one million years is this happening. No go story. We wouldn’t have him back, nor could we afford his wages. 10000% not even remotely happening.
— Chris (@AFC_Doug) November 19, 2018
— Argon Wenser (@Goon_err) 20 November 2018
With his form and ego he wouldn’t get in the starting 11
— Fran phill (@phill_fran) 20 November 2018
He’s a rat.
— BeZonyez ?? ?? (@OchPhil) 19 November 2018
BIG NO !!!
— Ton (@NW_Anton) 20 November 2018
Why he Left at the first place!?? He showed no respect for the club. Let him move on!
— Kaop YM Jr. (@Kaopjr) 20 November 2018
He won’t ever be as good as he was, now he’s going into his 30s. We had his best years. I’d rather have him than the wide options we have though if he is cheap
— Kev (@KevArsenal1990) 20 November 2018
Wait.. there are some Arsenal fans that want Sanchez back? Nah…we need to flush them out of my club ?
— Sidney ?♨ (@sidramatics) 20 November 2018
Better without him
— ToxicArsenalFan (@ToxicArsenalFan) 19 November 2018
Was class at Arsenal but he thought himself as bigger than club as other players were underperforming. Glad he is gone. We’ve got @Aubameyang7 ??
— Prashant Pokhrel (@Gooner404) 18 November 2018
Things that happens to greedy people
— Nikunja (@pinku30855) 18 November 2018
He made he’s choice,now he can stew in it the money grabber????
— digger (@anton38) 18 November 2018
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