Although many expected Arsenal to finally rise to the challenge of ending the current domestic season as champions of the English top-flight, the 2015/16 campaign has once again served to frustrate the loyal Emirates faithful, with Arsene Wenger’s Gunners seemingly lacking the mental toughness required in the race for the big prize.
The upcoming summer transfer window should therefore take on great significance for Arsenal looking forward, for although Wenger admittedly held his first-team ranks in the highest confidence earlier on this season, the Londoners were clearly short-handed by the lack of meaningful transfer activity carried out at the Emirates in 2015/16.
But whilst Wenger certainly needs to up his game upon the ever competitive transfer scene, Bayern Munich’s reported desire to bring Alexis Sanchez to the German Bundesliga next season could ultimately serve to frustrate the already somewhat dejected Arsenal fans.
So then, although nothing remains concrete at this particular stage in the proceedings, do the Gunners really have what it takes to hold onto their formidable Chilean international throughout the coming summer months, or is Alexis Sanchez as good as gone from the Emirates?
Well, although the former Udinese and Barcelona front-man certainly excelled in the English top-flight throughout the course of 2014/15 campaign, the current domestic season has hardly gone down as one to remember for the 27-year-old South American.
In light of several injury-induced and form-related complaints this term, Sanchez has drifted out of several important matches for the Gunners, lacked a certain potency inside the final third and even looked completely wasted out wide on far too many occasions.
But does any of this really mean that Arsenal wouldn’t miss the technically gifted Chilean international if Bayern Munich’s reported interest in the star begins to materialise over the course of the summer transfer window? Certainly not!
Put in no uncertain terms whatsoever, Wenger’s side could indeed risk losing their ‘big club’ status in the Premier League without such a star man on board for the upcoming 2016/17 campaign. The Gunners clearly need to hold onto their most recognised world class assets in this somewhat testing phase of their recent history, for Arsenal would arguably resemble something of a mediocre outfit with Sanchez absent from the first-team fold.
When it comes to finishing well-taken efforts from just outside the box time and time again and finding his respective team-mates all across the park with a range of technical excellence, as well as simply impressing the determined Gunners faithful with his undoubted talent in tight areas of the pitch, this is one player who usually fails to disappoint on most given occasions.
Arsenal would therefore miss the Chilean’s presence massively next term, even if Sanchez has admittedly failed to set the Premier League alight for large portions of the current campaign.
Yet as the proud Gunners simply don’t come close to challenging the mighty Bayern Munich within the modern era anymore – perhaps the Emirates faithful may be forced to wave goodbye to their captivating South American attacker sooner rather than later, regardless of how well received Alexis Sanchez has ultimately found himself in North London thus far…