Arsenal told to make ‘fantasy’ signing after Man Utd ‘disaster’

Joe Williams
Former Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez during a match

Former Arsenal striker Kevin Campbell doubts the Gunners will re-sign Alexis Sanchez but he would love to see it happen.

The Chilean joined Manchester United from Arsenal in a swap deal for Henrikh Mkhitaryan in 2018 but he scored just five goals in 45 appearances for the club.

Sanchez joined Inter Milan on loan initially in 2019 before signing on a permanent basis for the Serie A club.

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He scored 80 goals in 166 appearances for Arsenal but his record at Inter, like at Old Trafford, has been poor with only 11 goals in 73 appearances.

However, Campbell thinks the prospect of Sanchez – who is reportedly free to leave the San Siro in January – returning to the Emirates Stadium are slim but reckons it’s a nice “fantasy” to have.

Campbell told Football Insider: “Alexis Sanchez was incredible when he came to Arsenal but personally, I cannot see him coming back.

“Is he talented? Of course he is. But he has not been the same since he left. The Manchester United move was a disaster for him. He has gone to Inter Milan and it has not quite worked out there either, even though they won the title.

“I don’t think we’ll take him back but if you could get him for nothing and he is willing to graft… Who knows what Mikel Arteta will do.

“It is a fantasy and a nice thought but I think the club have moved on. I doubt we will see that happening.”

Opening up about his terrible spell at Man Utd, Sanchez claimed last year that he wanted to return to Arsenal on his first day at United training.

Sanchez said: “I want to tell you about my period at United, about many things that have been said which made me look bad.

“Before going there, I had an agreement with Manchester City but it didn’t work out and I got the chance to join Manchester United. It was something nice for me, as a kid I liked the club a lot.

“I ended up signing without having a lot of information about what was happening with the move. During the first few days that I was with my new teammates, sometimes there are things that you do not realise until you arrive.

“After the first training I had I realised many things. When I got home and I asked my family and my representative: ‘Can my contract be terminated and can I to return to Arsenal?’

“They were laughing about it but I really felt there were some bad things going on at the club which I did not like.

“We were not united as a team. The journalists would talk without knowing and I would get upset, even ex-players who did not know anything about how things were but they would blame me.

“But as player you need the team to be united, to be a family, and we weren’t. And you could see it on the pitch, but because they had to blame someone they would always blame me.

“Sometimes I wouldn’t even play or I would only play for 20 or 30 minutes but it would always be my fault.

“Of course I know I could have played better and I didn’t, I got injured maybe because I wasn’t happy and it would affect the team, but according to them it was always my fault and I would feel bad. I wasn’t happy about the whole situation.”