Alexis Sanchez says he doesn’t regret leaving Arsenal for Manchester United, despite his spell at the club being a complete disaster so far.
After one and a half years in Manchester, Alexis moved to Inter Milan on loan this summer. He’s managed just three Premier League goals since his departure from Arsenal, plus two in the FA Cup, and he hasn’t won a single trophy.
Putting on a brave face for the media, the winger denied that he’d made the wrong decision with the transfer.
“I’m very happy I went to Manchester United,” Sanchez told BBC Sport. “I’ve always said that. It’s the club that’s won the most in England.
“When I went to Arsenal it was fantastic – I was happy there – but United were growing at the time, they were buying players to win something. I wanted to join them and win everything. I don’t regret going there.”
The comments echo what Sanchez said in his first interviews after joining Manchester United, when he similarly declared “I came here to win everything”.
Repeating those words a year and a half later when you’re leaving without any trophies and having recently secured a sixth-place finish behind your former club weakens your argument somewhat.
Sanchez will return from his season-long loan a few months before he turns 32, and if his injury problems for the last year are any indication, he’s going to be on a physical decline from here on.
Maybe Italy is the best place for him now. Gervinho scored double figures in Serie A last season, so there’s the bar for Alexis to live up to.