Journalist reveals exactly what Alexis Sanchez did to drive Arsenal players bananas

Journalist reveals exactly what Alexis Sanchez did to drive Arsenal players bananas

Chilean international Alexis Sanchez left Arsenal for Manchester United in January, after three-and-a-half years in north London.

The 29-year-old forward was the star man during his time at the Emirates but his relationship with his teammates appeared to badly deteriorate towards the end.

It did not go unnoticed that none of the Arsenal players wished Sanchez ‘good luck’ on social media after finally forcing an exit.

Sanchez was close to joining Manchester City last summer but the deal fell through in the final hours of the transfer window.

Jose Mourinho and Man United swooped in January, sending Henrikh Mkhitaryan to Arsenal as part of a swap-deal.

Sanchez has only managed one goal in his first nine appearances at United but he does appear to have a much better relationship with his new teammates.


Respected football journalist Raphael Honigstein told ‘The Totally Football Show’ podcast listeners exactly what Sanchez would do to infuriate his former colleagues.

Honigstein said: “It has become a bit of a joke to laugh at Arsenal because they made the noise ‘finally we got rid of Alexis Sanchez.’

“It’s been under-reported just how badly the whole Arsenal dressing room hated Alexis Sanchez. They really felt that he was just playing up to the camera doing all these things like ‘Oh I’m trying but nobody else is! What am I doing here?’

“Arsenal would put up stats inside the dressing room last year after every game showing the amount of kilometres run, the passing, and Sanchez would regularly come out with the lowest mileage run of any player in the team by a big distance.

“The players would just go absolutely bananas at him playing to the camera and making all these moves like ‘Oh, they’re just not worthy of me! What am I doing here?'”

It’s no wonder the Arsenal players weren’t sad to see Sanchez leave.

“Whether they have improved as a team is a different story but I think it is a happier dressing room,” added Honigstein.

It will be interesting to see how Sanchez interacts with his former teammates when Man United host Arsenal in April.

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