The inevitable exit of Alexis Sanchez signifies everything that is wrong with the leadership shown by manager Arsene Wenger and co.
While the saga surrounding Sanchez persists, the problems Arsenal now face have changed.
They were once able to dictate the forward’s market valuation however they now find themselves in a position where they can only make one of two choices.
Wenger can either wind the Chilean’s contract down in a bid to reach Champions League qualification come the season’s end or cash in on whatever price is given to them.
Manchester United are one of the most recent teams to have displayed interest. Having placed a bid worth up to £25m and the addition of Henrikh Mkhitaryan, the Red Devils look to hijack Manchester City’s previous offer.
City, guided by Sanchez’s former manager Pep Guardiola, are believed to have already drawn up a contract which Sanchez is happy to sign.
Had Arsenal offloaded the star in the summer, they could have received as much £60m for his services now with his contract ending at the end of the season and with the former Barcelona man keen to leave, the Gunners are left with no choice.
Sanchez’s departure will leave an irreplaceable void, a hole they can only pray to fill. If Armenian-born Mkhitaryan was to come in his place, he would act as a perfect replacement for Theo Walcott. The English wide man looks to be on his way out with reports linking him to Everton. While Mkhitaryan may not be in Jose Mourinho’s plans, he still has the capabilities to make it at a top club.
Despite his one goal in 15 Premier League appearances, he will certainly add a new dynamic. Just over the last two seasons alone, he has accumulated 30 goals, a return which proves his goal-scoring capabilities.
Unlike Walcott he has a high level of consistency and if given the chance, he could provide the spark Arsenal so badly yearn.
A catalyst that the Emirates stadium has not seen enough of, a scoreless draw in the EFL Cup semi-final to Chelsea last time out was the eighth game this season they failed to record a goal.
While he may not be a like for like replacement for Sanchez, the 28-year-old possesses traits Wenger’s side lack,
Not only does the sale of Sanchez leave Wenger short of options up top but it also marks another name to the outgoing list of players who have left Arsenal in pursuit of silverware elsewhere.
Take Robin Van Persie’s move to Sir Alex Ferguson’s United back in 2013. The Dutch striker scored 30 goals and led them to their last Premier league title in his very first season with the Red Devils.
Patrick Vieira to Juventus, Samir Nasri’s switch to Manchester City and even Thierry Henry illustrious transfer to the Nou Camp.
All these players felt they needed to leave North London in order to challenge for titles.
Leading to the question, when will Arsenal conform to the market? When will enough be enough and Wenger changes the way he conducts his work?
The earlier Wenger learns to work alongside player power rather than oppose it, the quicker Arsenal will return to the levels they once showed.