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The Arsenal capture of proven footballer Henrikh Mkhitaryan and that of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang that looks increasingly likely to happen have come at the perfect time, to not only salvage Arsenal’s season, but to salvage their identity. A lot has been going on behind the scenes at the club in recent times. And this is aside the issues we have been having on the pitch. Losing Sanchez especially to Manchester United has is a difficult pill to swallow. But judging by recent reports, the loss of Alexis Sanchez may well be a blessing in disguise.
There is no doubt in my mind that if Alexis Sanchez was still at the Football Club we would be playing our now seemingly customary 3-5-2 formation, where the players on the pitch like Alex Iwobi and Granit Xhaka wait for orders from the Chilean to see if they should advance forward, play left or play right. Our so called “Wing backs” would also be restricted in their play as all of our forward play was dictated by a man who felt he was better than the players he had overlapping him and running in behind. It was clear to see that our once so easy on the eye attacking play had become awkward and ragged. Letting the cause of this go was a leap of faith, but one that needed to be made.
With Sanchez out the door you can see the pitch is a level playing field now between our players, the respect across the board is mutual and adding two players that have already formed a formidable partnership will only add to the trust between our players. It is that trust and belief in the dressing room that has seen us play some of the best football I have seen coming out the Premier league in this modern era of football. Going back to that 2012/13 season, with the signings of Cazorla, Podolski and Giroud, we had a blank slate, a chance to go back to square one and express ourselves with free flowing football. Arsenal and Arsene now has a chance to recapture the style of play that made us all love watching his players every week, to see the stats on how many times our left back would complete a pass in the final third, it was mesmerizing football and I cannot wait to see that in action again this year.