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Brendan Rodgers Reveals ‘Reason’ Sanchez Chose Arsenal
Brendan Rodgers claims that Alexis Sanchez only chose Arsenal ahead of Liverpool due to ‘geographical reasons’.
The Chilean international was one of the most sought-after players in Europe after Barcelona made him available for transfer in order to make room for Luis Suarez in their squad.
Arsenal, Liverpool and Juventus were the front-runners and after weeks of speculation, we finally secured his signature in a deal worth around £32m last Thursday.
Obviously this led to plenty of banter between fans on Twitter, with Arsenal supporters mocking those Liverpool fans who claimed there was ‘no way’ Sanchez would turn down a move to Anfield for the Emirates.
Unfortunately for them he did just that and Brendan Rodgers has now jumped to the defence of his club, claiming that the only reason Sanchez moved to Arsenal was because we are based in London.
When asked by reporters yesterday if Liverpool are struggling to attract top players following the Sanchez snub, Rodgers said:
“I don’t think so,” he added.
“That was one where geography dictated where he wanted to go – simple as that. It’s been the other way.
“Lots of players are really impressed by what we are doing as a club and really excited about coming to Liverpool.
“It wasn’t due to a lack of ambition by the club. It was about where the player and his family wanted to choose to live.
“He’s a fantastic player and would have suited us. His profile would have been great but it was not to be and we move on.”
We heard plenty of speculation as to why Sanchez was pushing for a move to the Emirates over Liverpool throughout the whole saga, and yes, the fact we are based in London was in our favour.
However, you must be mad if you think that was the sole reason he chose Arsenal. The player himself revealed in his first interview last week that it was only after a personal conversation with Arsene Wenger in Brazil – in which the boss spoke to him in Spanish – that he decided he wanted to join Arsenal.
The attacker also explained how he feels we suited his style better than any other club and he shared Wenger’s vision on where he will play during his time at the Emirates.
Obviously an arrogant man like Rodgers couldn’t let himself believe he had simply failed to persuade Sanchez that Liverpool was the right club for him, and comforts himself by claiming it was only down to ‘geographical reasons’ that he missed out on a world class player.
He’s a decent manager, but he’s got a long way to go before he has the lure of a boss like Wenger. Oh well, at least Rodgers was able to convince Rickie Lambert to move to Liverpool. Poor lad….