The future of Arsenal’s Alexis Sanchez remains in doubt, with Sky Sports linking Manchester City with the forward despite Arsene Wenger stating the Chilean is not for sale. If the Citizens were to make a move, it would mark a reunion between manager Pep Guardiola and his former winger.
The two spent time together at Barcelona, where as a manager Guardiola became somewhat of a footballing icon, synonymous for his possession-based ‘tika-taka’ system that had brought the Catalan club a great a deal of success.
Having only spent a year in England, his next conquest is to take Manchester City to the top, with hope of leading the Citizen’s to success domestically and then achieving new heights in Europe, which as of yet, they are haven’t truly achieved.
The Spanish manager has quickly come to realise that the Premier League might be a far tougher nut to crack than previous tasks, managing only a third place finish this season behind Chelsea and Tottenham.
At Barcelona, Guardiola had a prime Lionel Messi, at Bayern, a host of talented players, possibly the best squad in Europe, and although he has inherited a Man City squad blessed with many young prospects, he does not have a true talisman, a star.
Alexis Sanchez could be that player. Since arriving in England the Chilean has continually impressed. Three seasons in England’s top flight, Sanchez has scored 53 goals, and this often from a wide left position. This most recent season has seen him play more as a striker for the Gunners’, something Guardiola seems to have a taken a note of: “I think the position Arsenal are using him as a striker, in front, is perfect for him.”
This most recent season has seen him play more as a striker for the Gunners, however, something of which Guardiola seems to have a taken a note of. As reported by the Daily Mail, he said: “I think the position Arsenal are using him as a striker, in front, is perfect for him.”
Perhaps Guardiola feels he has some unfinished business with Sanchez, having only spent one season with the 28-year-old and a stint that saw the player blighted by injury and operating from wide-right, burdened with defensive duties.
Where better could the two meet than in Manchester at the Sky Blues. For Guardiola, he could have Sanchez as a talisman, ready to take his side to glory and as for the player himself he would be in a side playing in the Champions League football next season.
Should the move go ahead, it could be a match made in heaven, and one that could see success for City both domestically, and in Europe, something of which their fans are desperate for.
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