Liverpool had a brilliant season last year, one that almost saw them lift the Premier League title. However, there is no guarantee that it wasn’t a one-off – they could very easily fall back down the table. Their previous four Premier League finishes before last season were seventh, sixth, eighth and seventh, hardly the level a player of Alexis Sánchez’s ability wants to be playing at. With Luis Suarez almost certainly leaving for Barcelona, there may be some difficult times ahead. With Arsenal and Liverpool in the Champions League next year, that does not come in to consideration. But the Gunners are used to qualifying for the competition every year, while Liverpool will now have to juggle the Champions League and Premier League. At Arsenal, he can pretty much be guaranteed Champions League football every year, for Liverpool, though, it is still a one-off and a player like Sánchez needs to be playing against Europe’s elite.
A big deal was made of Arsenal’s trophy drought before they eventually ended their nine-year wait for silverware in May, beating Hull City 3-2 in extra-time at Wembley. Getting that trophy will be a huge weight off the shoulders of Arsenal and now really is the time to push on and get more. With the first out of the way, with the right investment (such as Sánchez), there is no reason why Arsenal can’t push on and claim more trophies. Under Brendan Rodgers, Liverpool have yet to show that they can go far in the cups – one of the reasons for such a successful league campaign was a lack of games. Liverpool went out of the FA Cup in the fifth round and fell at the second hurdle in the League Cup last season, hardly reasons for optimism. For a player of Sánchez’s calibre, winning trophies of all sorts are a must. Right now it seems Arsenal offer the best chance of that happening.
A criticism for many years of Arsene Wenger and the Arsenal board was their lack of ambition and the trait of selling their top players. The likes of Cesc Fabregas, Alex Song, Robin van Persie and Samir Nasri all moved on at times when they were a vital part of first-team – but those days seem to be in the past. The move for Mesut Ozil seems to have started a new era at The Emirates where they are willing to spend big money on the best players to compete at the top. Let’s not forget, for long periods last season, Arsenal were top of the Premier League before injury to Aaron Ramsey upset things. Big money signings are now happening at Arsenal, something which Sánchez would be. Despite his indiscretions, he is Liverpool’s best player, selling him to a top club doesn’t give off a great message about the club’s ambitions. Liverpool are spending money but will any real top player want to go there as long as they are selling their best players?
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