Well, at least we can finally catch our breath a bit now in what was quite frankly one of the worst transfer window’s I’ve seen us perform in.
Alexis Sanchez had been on every single back page during the summer as the media revelled in the chance of him making a big money move to Manchester City or PSG.
Despite Arsene Wenger stating 74,000 times that Alexis was not for sale, the Frenchman soon changed his tune on deadline day by allowing the 28-year-old to leave on one condition.
Alexis had his bags packed and pen at the ready to sign a deal but it soon collapsed as Arsenal failed to land Thomas Lemar, a long-term target they were confident could be a good enough replacement.
Now the Gunners are stuck in an awkward situation, keeping hold of a world-class player that wanted out will surely test the squad’s togetherness. Everyone has been divided on whether or not this was a good result, so here’s some of the best fan reaction…
I’m shocked we have managed to keep both Özil and Alexis. Can’t say I’m not extremely happy, still a chance they will sign new deals.
— Connor Humm (@TikiTakaConnor) August 31, 2017
Arsenal now need to try and get the best out of the decent squad they have. Alexis and Ozil extensions with RC should be the target now.
— Oli (@OliPriceBates) September 1, 2017
Alexis thought he was bigger than The Arsenal, Man City underestimated us. I’m glad we broke them. Stay at your line, you’re nobodies.
— Spanish Gooner (@elspanishgooner) September 1, 2017
I think keeping Alexis will come back to bite us in the ass. He’ll play for himself now & bring the dressing room down when things go bad.
— Curt (@Curt_goff) September 1, 2017
Can’t wait for Arsene’s next press conference.
“We did try. Clubs didn’t want to sell. We made a profit. We kept Alexis & Ozil”
— Memz (@FTR90_Memz) September 1, 2017
We really showed Man City we mean business. They’re going to be so gutted to have to wait a few months to get Alexis for nothing.
— Romesh Ranganathan (@RomeshRanga) September 1, 2017
You’ve just got to hope that Alexis gives his all this season. Leaving on a free next summer. What a shambles.
— Tom (@TomCIarke) August 31, 2017
Apparently, Alexis is miserable in this photo b/c he’s staying at Arsenal, not b/c Chile lost 3-0. Guy behind him must be staying too pic.twitter.com/ZeAoTaBZxo
— Daily Cannon (@DailyCannon) September 1, 2017
I’m good with Alexis staying, even if we made ourselves look twats by being open to a deal so late in the day. He’s very good at football.
— arseblog (@arseblog) August 31, 2017
So glad @Alexis_Sanchez is staying…come on wenger,give him a reason to stay. Spend!!
— Emma Deane (@gooneremma1) September 1, 2017
Probably the best news from the window is Alexis staying at Arsenal. That bald fraud can fuck off. Still his title to lose tho. Cunt.
— Chef Winger (@chefwinger) September 1, 2017
Keeping Alexis the right thing to do. Lemar would have been nice addition on top of Alexis staying. Money not the issue for Lemar. Wanted CL
— Sebastian Piticas (@Seb86Sebastian) September 1, 2017
Alexis Sanchez staying on this Arsenal team and playing in Europa League would be downright disrespectful to the player that he is #ARSLIV
— Marshall Mac (@MarshMac45) August 27, 2017