Former Arsenal striker and now Skysports pundit has said that Alexis Sanchez arrival at Manchester United was having a negative impact on the team’s formation.

The Chilean winger Joined United in a swap deal that saw Henrikh Mkhitaryan moved to The Emirates, and the winger is said to be earning over £400,000 weekly – making him the highest paid player in the English league.

Since the sensational move to the Theatre of Dreams in January, Sanchez has played 838 minutes scoring just one goal.

And after an abysmal night at Old Trafford on Tuesday night which saw United lost 2-1 in a Champions League Round 16 tie to Sevilla, Charlie Nicholas claims Sanchez, who lost the ball on twenty occasions (making it a total of 247 since he joined Man U), has unsettled the four-time European Champions.

Nicholas told skysports "At the start of the season, Manchester United had a fluency to them. Paul Pogba played high up with Jesse Lingard behind him and Romelu Lukaku on his game.

"All of a sudden Sanchez comes, Marcus Rashford gets dropped out and Anthony Martial gets moved over. All of a sudden the whole team is getting squeezed to fit Sanchez in.

"Sanchez, at the moment, does not deserve to be in the team. It's too individual. He is giving the ball away too often

"I'm sure a lot of Manchester United fans must be looking and saying 'when is he going to do something for us?'

"He looks as though he is trying hard, but this is Manchester United and you've got to deliver on a game-by-game basis and he is not."

Nicholas added that Jose’s United that won two trophies last season were disappointing against Sevilla and looked like a team that would end the season without a silverware.

"They did not justify being anywhere close to the last eight of the Champions League. They are not going to get the title and now have got the FA Cup to play for.

"Jose rescued an average Manchester United last season to get them into the Champions League with two trophies. Now he is staring down the barrel of winning zero, he added.


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Manchester United signing of Alexis Sanchez during the winter transfer window is a big blow on Rashford ’s future, saysJamie Redknapp.

The 21-year-old, who busted into limelight in the 2015-16 season last made a top-flight start for the Man U on Boxing Day.

With competition for the wide attacking positions from the likes of Anthony Martial, Juan Mata, Jese Lingard, the arrival of Sanchez from Arsenal in the winter transfer has further pushed Rashford down the pecking order.

Writing for skysports, Redknapp, who believes the Red Devils made a good deal in bringing Sanchez to the Theatre of Dreams believes the Chilean arrival at the club could cause a major blow to Rashford development.

The former Liverpool and Tottenhamm Hotspur player believes Sanchez will always get the nod of Rashford irrespective of the Chilean performance

Redknapp wrote: “I don’t blame Manchester United for bringing in Alexis Sanchez. His wages are expensive, but you would normally have to pay around £70m for a player like that in the current market.

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“They have dodged the transfer fee and signed a winner who will give them fantastic energy and quality.

“On the other side of it, though, I can’t help but feel disappointed about what it does to a player like Marcus Rashford. Some would say great players like come and go and you’ve got to get on with it, but the bottom line is that Rashford has now dropped down the pecking order.”

He explained further: “… Due to his {Sanchez} reputation and the fact he has been bought by the manager, Sanchez will always go ahead of Rashford whether he is playing better or not.

“It’s the hardest thing for a young English player.

“You feel like you are just getting to the top of the pecking order and then suddenly, bang, it’s like a sledgehammer hits you.

“Your club have signed a world star.”

Since making his debut for United in 2016, Rashford has registered 29 goals in 108 appearances for the 20-time league champions – scoring seven of those goals this season.

The 15-time capped English international missed United’s 1-0 loss to Newcastle United at St. James Park earlier today.


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Cazorla is in a difficult situation – Pires

Thursday, 28 December 2017 16:05

Pires explains Cazorla's situation and hopes Sanchez and Ozil extend their contract at the Emirate

Robert Pires has revealed that Arsenal midfielder Santiago Cazorla is in a difficult situation due to the injury has kept him out of football for over a year.

The Spanish midfielder has not featured for Arsenal since October 2016 after he picked up an injury in a Champions League match against Ludogorets

And in an interview last month the former Villarreal player revealed that he almost lost his leg to the injury.

The midfielder was billed for a return next month but he had to undergo his ninth surgery to correct some discomfort in his tendon.

And speaking to marca in an interview, Pires, who played along Carzola at Villareal said he was disappointed for Cazorla’s injury.

Robert Pires and Cazorla during their Villarreal days

“I’ve known Santi for a long time because we played together at Villarreal,” Pires told Marca.

“He’s my friend and I’m very disappointed for him because he’s a great professional.

“He’s had the surgery on his Achilles tendon so he’s out for six months. The situation is very difficult and I keep in contact with him.”


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With the winter transfer set to open in a couple of days, the Frenchman has said he hopes his former club would be able to hold on to the services of Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil.

He added, “I think it’s not only difficult for the club but also for the players, when your contract is running out, you aren’t comfortable and you need stability.”

“But I wish Ozil and Sanchez will extend their contracts.

“I’m not the manager or the owner so I’ll have to wait and see how it goes.”




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Arsene Wenger has revealed that the duo of Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez love Arsenal and are willing to extend their contracts at the North London club.

The two contract rebels will be out of contract in the summer and could be sold in January or leave on a free in the summer.

Ozil and Sanchez inspired a 2-0 win over North London rival, Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday at the Emirate Stadium with the former providing an assist and emerging as the Man of the Match – the latter scored the goal that took Arsenal two up against Spurs – recording his second goal in as many games in the league this season and taking his tally to 55goals in 112 appearances for Arsenal.

With uncertainty surrounding the two (Ozil and Sanchez), Wenger, who admitted that a contract agreement with the two were still far off said the two want to remain at the Emirate Stadium.

Wenger, as quoted by BBC, “I am convinced they love the club and love the team, but all the rest will be decided – when? I don’t really know.

“I believe they love the club and want to stay, but there are other top clubs out there who offer good contracts as well.

“They’ve shown their commitment again (against Spurs). I’ve never questioned their commitments.”

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Wenger added that both Ozil and Sanchez want to play and some bad games they’ve had had nothing to do with their future at the club.

“They can have bad games but the problem is that, when a player gets near the end of his contract and has a bad game, everybody says it’s because he’s going. Their interest is to stay,” Wenger added.

Zimbabweans tired of Wenger just like Mugabe

At the protest in Harare against Robert Mugabe’s regime as Zimbabwe leader, Arsenal fans were caught with placards which read: “Wenger Out” as they matched through the street.

The Arsenal fans in Zimbabwe seem not to be tired only of their 93-year-old President who has been in power since 1980 but tired of Wenger, who joined Arsenal in 1996 as well.

The Zimbabweans are not the only ones displeased with the 68-year-old Frenchman, who last won an English Premier League title in 2003-2004 season, with some club legends -  Ian Wright and Tony Adams amongst many others calling for him to step down at the club

Calls for him to resign further increased last season when Wenger failed to guide the club to book a Champions League spot for the first time in over 20 years and the first under his rein 

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It’s almost customary now, isn’t it? Arsenal lose a game away from home, and the focus is, as well as their lack of spine, on Mesut Ozil, the Gunners’ supposed enigma. After defeats in the league at Liverpool and Watford, the light was quick was to be shown towards the German, a symbol of the Gunners constant absence of steel and backbone.

But things seemed a bit different on Sunday after the loss at Manchester City. It wasn’t a question of Arsenal possessing no form of mettle or guts, but a rather an actually decent performance against the Premier League leaders. They never looked like they would go the distance and really trouble City, but they were never particularly out of sight either, and there was certainly no shame in losing 3-1 to the turbo-charged Mancunians. Nevertheless, some fingers were always going to be pointed at Ozil, as they’ve been all season, and the last one as well.

They were questions as to whether Arsene Wenger would start without Ozil on Sunday, amidst a switch to a more cautious approach, questions Wenger had been quick to render moot on Friday. And at the Etihad, when his side started in impressive fashion, pressing the City backline, winning the ball quickly and making inroads into the opposition area, Ozil was a contributory factor in their play. And he has been contributory in their play of late, involving himself in three goals (scoring one and making two) in their last three league games, admittedly his only direct goal involvements this season.

It’s hardly surprising anymore that the German, with less than a year left on his contract, is always under such scrutiny. What’s baffling have been the fact that such inquiry hasn’t been placed on Alexis Sanchez, another one with a soon-to-expire contract at the Emirates. The Chilean made no secret of his desire to leave the club in the summer, and join Manchester City, a move which fell through on deadline day, and ever since his performances have been underwhelming, to put it mildly. Just one league goal this season, two in all competitions, but the biggest issue has been his attitude on pitch, always seems to be sulking, when possession is given away, when a shot flies wide, over quite literally anything.

The trip to the Etihad was one that had been seen as a chance for Sanchez to make a claim on why Manchester City needed him, or at this point wanted him, as the league leaders have been churning out goals and getting on by in irresistible mould without his arrival. After the game, Pep Guardiola said Sanchez ‘did everything’ in ‘the first half’, but he never specified whether right or wrong, which is probably safe on the City manager’s part, as aside from setting up Aaron Ramsey for a shot on the stroke of halftime, Sanchez’s most notable contributions in the entire game for that matter, were delivering a corner straight at a City player, firing shot away in spite after been caught offside, and getting booked for a foul on David Silva. Little wonder he has hardly featured in games this term, and Arsenal have seemed to function better without him on the pitch, even if he did combine well with the rest of the front tree which included Ozil and Lacazette, a game where Ozil delivered a masterclass of a performance.

Sanchez might come good eventually, a player of his quality is likely to deliver the goods at some point in a season of this length, even if his head isn’t quite in the right place. But he’s hardly making a case for himself with his constant uninterested mood.

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I'd Place All Arsenal Players on Transfer List - Garry Neville.

Former Manchester United defender and now Sky Sports pundits, Garry Neville said Arsenal's players display against Liverpool doesn't represent the Arsenal shirt.

Goals from Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane, Mohammed Sallah and Daniel Sturridge condemned the North London side to a 4-0 defeat at Anfield on Sunday.

The loss leaves Arsenal in 16th position after three rounds of matches in the EPL. Neville, who made 400 appearances for Manchester United was left furious after Arsenal loss on Sunday and describe the player's display as 'absolutely disgraceful.'

The former Valencia manager who confessed he was joking about placing all Arsenal players on the transfer list earlier when he was running commentary during the Liverpool-Arsenal clash on Sunday admitted that none of the Arsenal players would leave the club and find a better club side.

Neville said that even club talisman, Alexis Sanchez would find it hard to get a better club than Arsenal.

"I wasn't being serious when I said I'd put them all on the transfer list but I can't think of any of those players who, if they went on the transfer list, would end up at a better club, Neville told Sky Sports.

"People might say Sanchez but he's been throwing the towel in over the last six, seven months. He's a fantastic player - a tiger at his best - but he's not covered himself in glory recently. 

"If he went to another club, he might give you a couple of good years but what's to say he wouldn't do the same?"

Meanwhile, fellow Neville's pundit at Sky Sports and Arsenal great,Thiery Henry believes Arsenal players were too comfortable.

The Arsenal record goal scorer said the game was unwatchable and doesn't think contract rebels such as Sanchez and Chamberlain would want to renew their contracts after the bashing at Arsenal.

"Why would he stay after watching this? Henry asked. "After this type of performance? That is why they [Sanchez and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain] are not renewing their contracts."

The Belgium assistant manager added: "There is something wrong with Arsenal at the minute. It was unwatchable, at one point I wanted to leave. I don't relate to the team and I don't think a lot of the fans do. That is a problem."




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