Despite the fact that Arsenal could still finish second in the Premier League table, that now would be seen as little more than a consolation prize.
The long wait for a league title will now stretch to twelve years, and it seems that the situation is increasingly frustrating some of the club’s better players.
The Telegraph reported at the weekend that Chilean international Alexis Sánchez was becoming progressively more fed up with life at the Emirates, alleging that despite having two years left to run on his current deal (with the offer of an extension very much on the table), Sánchez’s anger at his own stuttering form – plus the circumstances surrounding Arsenal’s failed title bid – have left his future at the club looking slightly uncertain.
Speaking to the website of Sky Sports Italia reporter Gianluca Di Marzio, Juventus sporting director Giuseppe Marotta discussed the club’s transfer targets, and while he unequivocally ruled out moves for Real Madrid’s Isco and Roma star Miralem Pjanić, he was (tellingly) altogether more coy about a possible move for Sánchez, saying:
“It’s a nice to hear that many players like Juventus…it’s normal that we are very appealing and that many important players would like to arrive at Juventus.
“I often read in the newspapers that Pjanic is close to signing for us, but in reality we have never negotiated with Roma, a club with whom we have a great relationship with.
“[Isco] will not come, we will discuss Morata with Real, but the months ahead are long.
“Sanchez? He’s a great player.”
Marotta’s quotes come on the day that the Chilean version of publication AS are corroborating the Telegraph’s report that Sánchez is unhappy, but also add that he feels “uncomfortable” at the club and could look to move somewhere where he will be more likely to consistently challenge for the Champions League.
— Giovanni Capuano (@capuanogio) May 10, 2016
(Broad translation: Sánchez to Juventus: The five time champions are already at work again)
Juve’s potential interest will undoubtedly have Arsenal fans worried, particularly while that contract offer remains unsigned. Should Juve choose not to firm up their interest, Bayern Munich are also keen, as are Manchester City – though the potential lack of Champions League football at the Etihad next year would almost certainly rule them out.
Sánchez has played in Serie A previously, so knows the league well – playing over 100 games for Udinese before signing for Barcelona in a €37m deal in 2011.