Paul Merson, in his infinite wisdom, is perplexed over Arsene Wenger’s apparent decision not to swap Alexis Sanchez for Sergio Aguero during the summer.
Merson doesn’t understand why Wenger didn’t demand that Manchester City hand over Aguero in exchange for Alexis.
“When Man City were after Sanchez at Arsenal I was thinking ‘if I’m Arsene Wenger I’m ringing up going if you want Sanchez I’ll have Aguero, if you are that desperate for him give me Aguero’,” the ex-Gunner said on Sky Sports’ The Debate.
“He’ll score goals for fun and his record is phenomenal.”
Don’t get me wrong, I love Aguero and I’ve said before that if there was some swap deal in place between the Argentine international and Alexis, I’d drive the Chilean up to Manchester myself. However, other than media speculation, we have no idea whether Aguero was or wasn’t ever part of the offer, or whether Wenger did or didn’t chase it up.
We know that Arsenal asked for Raheem Sterling as part of a swap-plus-cash deal, which Pep Guardiola insists he shot down from the get-go. So although we know that the Gunners were up for coming to an agreement which involved a City player moving to north London, it seems that City were less enthusiastic and, as reports said at the end of the transfer window, were angling for a straight cash deal.
As I’ve said, I would have loved it if Arsenal could get Aguero. However, we have very little information, as does Merson, to suggest that Wenger is the one who turned down the chance to do so. If they didn’t let Sterling go, I imagine they’d have the same stance on allowing their top goalscorer to go skipping off to a rival as well but that’s just me.
Aguero has already scored seven goals and assisted three in eight appearances so far this season.