Alexis Sanchez sparked the Premier League alight with his swashbuckling bravado when he made the unprecedented switch from Barcelona in the summer of 2014.
For Arsenal fans, his arrival in England sent an astute message of a club steadily rebuilding, having previously secured another star billing in Mesut Ozil the previous summer.
In stark contrast however, Arsenal are worse placed today than they were three years ago- an irreducible fact pointing to the sorry state of affairs at the club.
Worse hit has been Alexis who now has to pull through the agony of missing out in next summer’s extravaganza in Russia.
World Cup setback
At one point during the South American qualifiers, Lionel Messi faced the grim possibility of missing out in next year’s FIFA World Cup.
However, it was Alexis Sanchez that bore the brunt, as his former Barcelona teammate scored a hat-trick against Ecuador to book Argentina’s ticket to Russia.
To add insult to injury, a blunder by Arsenal teammate David Ospina ruled out the last opening of making it to the playoffs, as Colombia conceded a late goal to draw 1-1 with Peru.
This latest setback further compounds to his progressive decline since joining Arsenal.
Ballon d’Or setback
His individual brilliance may have seen him bag 30 goals in all competitions last season, but Arsenal’s performance in Europe and across the domestic League seems to have cost the Chilean a place in the 30-man shortlist for the Ballon d’Or.
Seeing as the board takes into account the overall success of a club rather than outright individual achievements, it’s no surprise Alexis didn’t make the cut, despite winning the FA Cup.
As such, a switch in the winter transfer window would suffice, with PSG and Manchester City expressing interest in the forward.
No Champions League
Arsenal’s lackluster performances last season saw them finish fifth on the log, regrettably missing out on the 2017/18 Champions League.
Playing in the Europa League is a travesty for an athlete of his macabre and only a move away from the Emirates would best arrest this decline.
Reuniting with Pep Guardiola still remains the most enticing offer the 28-year old.
Written by Brian Humphrey
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