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Why Sanchez Was Right Not To Choose Liverpool

Over the days since Alexis Sanchez signed for Arsenal I`ve seen a multitude of articles and comments suggesting that the Chilean has made a mistake is choosing North London over Merseyside.

Some of them reasoned, other complete and utter nonsense borne from nothing more than sour grapes, however I`m here today to let you know why Sanchez made the right choice in becoming a Gooner.

It`s no secret that Liverpool almost won the league last season and they did so playing some excellent football, however, as underlined in this article I wrote back in March, Liverpool`s season was 25% shorter than Arsenal`s considering they had absolutely no European games to play and exited both domestic cups fairly early on (knocked out of the FA Cup by Arsenal), their recovery times between matches was greatly extended and as such allowed Liverpool to get through the league season with less injuries and more energy.

You might think this a petty point, but it is completely relevant and in fact the coming litmus test to see if Liverpool are actually "back" did not lie in last season`s impressive title challenge it will lie in the coming season as they attempt to balance Champions League and Premier League football.

Arsenal on the other hand faced a gruelling schedule last season and the draws for the cup competitions were far from kind, the Gunners took on Fenerbahce, Marseille, Napoli, Borussia Dortmund, Chelsea, Spurs, Liverpool, Everton and Bayern Munich (among others) in the cups last season.

Then there were the injuries, of course Liverpool missed Luis Suarez through their first 8 games however, to my mind, it was a mere drop in the ocean compared to the months and months of inaction for players like Theo Walcott, Aaron Ramsey, Jack Wilshere and Mesut Ozil. Excuses? Maybe. But as excuses go, not bad ones as to why Arsenal maybe didn`t acquire as many points as they should.

This isn`t a complaint you understand, injuries happen in football all the time, it`s just to point out why Arsenal are not quite as "bad" as some Liverpool fans might have you believe.

Despite all this, for all their goals Liverpool only managed to finish 5 points above Arsenal. It was so close in fact that had the Gunners not got whooped at Anfield and instead have squeaked a 1-0, then we would have finished above them. Fine margins.

Then there`s the fact that any deal that would have seen Sanchez go to Liverpool would have meant Suarez going in the other direction (which will happen anyway). Luis Suarez is not the be all and end all at Liverpool, but to suggest he wasn`t the largest factor in Liverpool`s season is just ludicrous.

Yes Daniel Sturridge had a fine season last year, but Suarez not only scored 31 goals, he made 13 assists (many of them probably for Sturridge himself) for the good of the team, the gaping hole the Uruguayan leaves in the club is massive and it`s unknown how well Rodgers can fill it this season.

All these factors just make Liverpool too risky a choice for Sanchez. All the extra football, the lack of a world class player like Suarez there are just too many unknown variables. Of course Liverpool could improve on last season and storm to a league title, however I would say it`s unlikely.

To choose Arsenal however is much less of a risk, in fact recent history would suggest joining Arsenal at this time means you're coming to a club that's more likely to win silverware than Liverpool.

We have a lot of fun poked at us for our consistent 4th place finishes, however what we have done that has gone unnoticed is that over the last 4 seasons we`ve gotten better and better each year. Yes the increase in points has been slight, but we are going in the right direction and we have opened a ten point gap on the Arsenal of four years ago. And we`ve being doing it whilst playing in the Champions League.

Sanchez is an amazing player, but I think that most would agree that whilst Alexis is far more pleasant a human being, Suarez is the better footballer and had Sanchez gone to Liverpool and Luis going the other way, Liverpool would have been weaker for it (as it is, they`re massively weaker now) however in choosing Arsenal he`s coming to a club that has the potential to be so much stronger for his move.

It`s just common sense.

Phil Thompson also made reference (after claiming Sanchez to Liverpool was a done deal. Heh) the fact that Sanchez had made the wrong choice due to Liverpool`s "worldwide fan-base" and history and traditions.

It`s common knowledge that Liverpool are one of the most decorated clubs in England, but Arsenal are no slouches in that department, however I don`t see what difference that should make to Sanchez`s career choice? I mean just how far back in history do you go?

Arsenal won the FA Cup last year, Liverpool won nothing. Liverpool haven`t won the league in almost a quarter of a century. Damning statistics … but they don`t matter one jot to Sanchez, for him it's all about what is to come.

With regards to the fan-base, Arsenal`s "worldwide fan-base" is huge, just check out the photos from all around the world on FA Cup final day. Arsenal`s fans may not be the loudest in the world (But don`t be fooled, aside from the big matches when Scousers are boisterous (which any set of fans are) Anfield can be just as quiet as any stadium in the country) but make no mistake, we love our players and they know it.

Just look at how many of our ex-players either regret leaving, return to the club to work or can be found on any given day professing their love for the club that adored them in return.

Alexis Sanchez made the right choice in joining Arsenal, of that there is no mistake.




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Writer: Rocky7 Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Saturday July 12 2014

Time: 11:13AM

Your Comments

Very well put, Rocky.
FunGunner
Thank you FG. I'm just tired of people thinking that just because Liverpool finished 5 points above us last season they're back to being some kind of footballing super-power. It's nonsense.
Rocky7
I don't think so because he may just had to fight his place with Walcott, when he comes back match fit and from his injury because they are similar players and play in the same place as each other
James Rigby
Walcott & Sanchez won't fight for places. If they're both fit, they'll both play ... and be devastating too, I reckon.
Rocky7
As a Chelsea fan, It hurts me to say, that Arsenal have bought a fantastic player in Sanchez, I wish we had signed him. maybe we will swap him next year with you, for Moses or Mikel, or both !
Blueheart9
i think he had made mistake by choosing Arsenal also..
shlok27
Care to share with us why you think that?
Rocky7
Maybe John Henry had a word with Sanchez and told him where the best stuff is smoked!
Chippy Brady
shlok27 you do realise some of your postings have been plagiarised & randomly pasted here?.
Chippy Brady
I trust you've copied your article to your brother-in-law Rocky? Liverpool is a great club with a great tradition but the investments (and sacrifices) Arsenal have made over the last 10 years and more can be seen as making us stronger over the next 10 years. The stadium, the cash in the bank, the growing revenues and the consistency of 'success' even in this barren period can be understood by any looking at their career prospects over the next 5 years or so. Liverpool, and some other clubs have still to make some of those investments (and the sacrifices) and they'll need to make them over the next 5 years or so.
Amos.
Ha! I would not even bother trying Amos. When sanchez signed he just said "I guess he didn't want to play for a big club". He's completely irrational when it comes to football. I know we all can be to an extent, but he's as partizan as they come.
Rocky7
Ooooh, they are just sour grapes. I think Ol' Philly is just being bitter, and on a serious note, that's a pretty immature statement to make. It was a bidding war, both clubs presented their cases and the player decided to do business with one of em. I mean the loser takes it on the chin and moves on. We had been linked with Sanchez in the past but he preferred to go to Barcelona (I mean who wouldn't). I think Liverpool fans are just being deluded. They laugh at us finishing 4th but we finished above em for the last 5 seasons except for last season. And suddenly they have arrived at the big stage?! Oh dear, Oh dear, that's not what makes u a big club...just a flash in the pan season? Consistency is what ranks you as a topmost club. That's why Arsenal gets seeded as a top 8 team in the UEFA draws! And when United are back in the top 4, say after this season, they will be counted among the top clubs in Europe too. Not because they were free-scoring, or they had one exceptionally wonderful season (emphasis on the word 'exception') or their star player had to bite his way through to get success. All top ranked clubs are selected because they have consistently performed at the top level for many years. I honestly don't rate Pool as equals or even better at the moment. They are just a mid-table team that had one very good season.
Guyfox
I mean one can't argue with the facts: Arsenal has been the better team over the past few seasons. They are stable financially and play football right. Tis similar to questioning Suarez's move to Barcelona after Barca's terrible season. All clubs have a fan base. If I was joining a club only because of the fans then I'd rather sign up with the supporters' union or something, and leave the playing to the footballers.
Guyfox
I found this article online. Really interesting read. I recommend it to Ol' Philly too. http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2127373-arsenal-will-win-premier-league-because-players-want-to-play-for-arsene-wenger
Guyfox
I have a lot of respect for Liverpool's history, the passion and footballing knowledge of their fans (having seen it in person) and the support their fans generally give their players (some of our fans could borrow the patience shown by the anfield faithful). In the whose future seems brighter department, I have no doubt that it is Arsenal's. The decision to move to Ashburton Grove a decade back has proved to be a visionary one and thanks to good club management and some high quality and under appreciated team management by the manager, the move has set Arsenal up for the next few decades. The nature of the team with its mixture of youth and experience, good camaraderie, backed by a renowned manager, London location and financial wherewithal which has been earned the right way (unlike the sugar daddy clubs) makes AFC unique and a very attractive choice for a host of good players - both young as well as established in the coming years.
Deltaforce
The mere fact Liverpool tried to get the player by playing the 'cash plus player' card to allow Hannibal Lecter go the other way, speaks volumes. In a straight shoot out with Arsenal and most other big clubs, they would stand no chance of being chosen, based on recent history alone. Phil Thompson did sound out of turn and desperate, if you ask me. All that egg on his face must be having an effect on his ordinarily statesmanly demeanour.
Naijagunner
So, if it was a pitch by both clubs' representatives (Wenger for Arsenal and Rodgers for Liverpool) to the player, any doubts as to which pitch would sway Alexis? Come on, Phil!
Naijagunner
You can only laugh when people like Phil Thompson come up with tripe like this.
Wyn Mills
Excellent point Naija. Based on pedigree, when asked to choose, will a typical player go with Rodgers instead of Wenger? Hmmm, question of the month. No offence to Brendan; I really think he is a good coach but a 5-1 bashing doesn't make him more prestigious than Arsene. Players look at track records, documented over time and not one-off matches. When it mattered most, we knocked Pool outta the FA Cup a few days later. A few weeks later and we won the FA Cup as well. As a player, I'd rather merry with a medal than sing my way to the bar over a thumping only to be greeted with a nasty hangover whilst staring at my empty cabinet. I can't stop laughing at this.
Guyfox
Die Mannschaft Über Alles. C'mon Germany knock those Argies back to the stone age.
Chippy Brady
Hmmm. You just sense Argentina would prove very stubborn. They are not going to let the chance to win the cup on Brazilian soil just go away, without having their say.
Naijagunner
That's true Naija, I expect a tight game tonight, Messi has a lot to prove since he was totally pants in the semi-final. However I hope Germany win on South American soil & an Arsenal boy scores tonight.
Chippy Brady
I'd really love Germany win this one. Not only because we got a few Arsenal lads in the team but primarily because they are a truly technical team. Quite a number of pundits toned down the 7-1 thumping of Brazil due to the absence of Neymar and Thiago Silva. They had Silva in the match against Netherlands and his first major contribution was to give away a penalty with less than 2 mins from the start. Did they really miss him? Hmmm. We have seen Germany tear apart strong teams in this world cup. Portugal's was the first lesson. Argentina on the other hand, rely on Messi's magic (which hasn't come to light i'm afraid) and brave efforts from Mascherano and Di Maria. I mean this team conceded 2 goals against Nigeria. I reckon they will sit back and look for counter-attacks. The Germans just need to be patient, play their football and with luck, maybe we might have another bashing. Come on you Germans!!!!
Guyfox
My sentiments exactly Guyfox....'cept I was to tired to type it ;)
Chippy Brady
Here's hoping Messi doesn't have other ideas then.
Naijagunner
What a game! One of the most watchable Goalless 90 minutes you'd see. Argentina did their bit to make a game of it but you'd think it was written in the stars for it to be the Germans's day. Congrats to our World Cup winning trio (soon to be quartet?)
Naijagunner
Agreed Naija it was a great game. Happy for our trio of Weltmeisters and at least a former Arsenal target scored ;)
Chippy Brady
 

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