Which club is best for Alexis Sanchez?
|REASONS TO SIGN
The same reason any big name signs for Arsenal - to spearhead a title challenge and be a Gunners hero. Mesut Ozil sensed an opportunity last summer and now Alexis might feel tempted to do the same.
With an FA Cup in the bag and their nine-year trophy drought over, Arsene Wenger can finally point to some concrete evidence of his good work in the last decade and can offer up a taste of things to come for prospective signings.
Wenger will make a big play for his signature, too, in order to prevent him from going to any Premier League rival. The Gunners are not traditionally big spenders on the wage front but are in a position to be able to comfortably afford doubling his current £65,000-a-week salary.
In terms of positions, Arsenal do not really need a right-sided attacking midfielder, but Wenger is targeting a wide forward he believes he can develop into a central striker, and Alexis fits the bill.
It was said on many occasions in the second half of last season that Ozil could not rely on his team-mates to make the right runs, but clever movement represents one of the hallmarks of Alexis' game.
Theo Walcott was making those runs when fit, and the Englishman would potentially be the man most affected by the Chilean's arrival. He has not always been among the goals at Camp Nou but looked set for a fine 2013-14 season only to be strangely restricted to substitute appearances after the winter break.
Far removed from living in the shadow of Lionel Messi and Neymar, Alexis could be one of the marquee men at the Emirates. If he fancies the challenge of restoring the Gunners to the top of the pile then it could be a very attractive option.
|REASONS TO SNUB
Alexis may feel he has more opportunities to win silverware elsewhere. Manchester City want to be kept abreast of the situation and the chance to join the star-studded champions may well provide a bigger draw than the Gunners.
Manchester United would also insist they can bounce back under Louis van Gaal, while Brendan Rodgers will try to sell the Anfield philosophy. Not to mention the chance to join Serie A giants Juventus.
In truth, United, Liverpool and Arsenal will have to lay on the charm to persuade the 25-year-old to sign on the dotted line.
Another bargaining chip, of course, will be wages. United, if so inclined, could blow Arsenal out of the water on that front - having already agreed to pay Luke Shaw £160,000 per week, they could go past £200,000 for somebody like Alexis. City could still probably top Arsenal even with FFP restrictions.