The January transfer window held some of the most exciting business in history – from Philippe Coutinho’s controversial switch to Barcelona, to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang jumping the walls of Borussia Dortmund in a dodgy fashion.
And one such deal among those was the stunning swap deal between Arsenal and Manchester United, wherein the clubs exchanged Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Alexis Sanchez, after the latter almost went on a strike for a change of badge.
Although the Gunners lost one of their best players in recent history, credit where it’s due – they managed to make the best out of a severely out-of-favour situation and get a quality player in return.
However, getting his ‘dream’ transfer to Old Trafford wasn’t enough for the Chilean, as he seems to have already fired indirect shots at his former side during a recent interview.
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“I think that Manchester United, since I was young – and I’m not just saying this because I’m here, I’m an honest guy and I never lie – I think it’s the biggest club in England. That’s what I think,” the former Barcelona man told Sky Sports.
“There are lots of big clubs, and having played for Arsenal, they are also one of them. It’s a huge club and I was there. But coming here, looking at the badge, I think United have to win everything because it’s such a big club. The club crest says it all.
“I came here to win [things]. I left Arsenal because I wanted to develop and learn as a player, and get to experience a new club. Manchester United are a huge club on the global stage. I came here to win everything. Otherwise I wouldn’t have come here.”
There are lots of implications that Sanchez could not see himself ‘winning everything’ as a Gunner, and thus, made a switch.
Nevertheless, with the extension of club talisman Mesut Özil and the arrival of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Arséne Wenger and his men wouldn’t be bothered too much about it.