Arsene Wenger, whose word regarding how ‘confident’ he is that a player will not be sold often has to be taken with a grain of salt, told a blatant lie while speaking on the situation of Alexis Sanchez on Tuesday.
In 2012, Robin van Persie decided to jump ship to Manchester United after refusing to extend his contract at the Emirates stadium, citing concerns over the club’s ambition.
The Dutchman turned his back on the Gunners following his best season ever in an Arsenal shirt in the 2011/12 campaign which saw him win the Premier League golden boot.
And five years later, Alexis Sanchez has landed himself in a similar situation as he stalls on the decision to renew his deal at the club on the back of his best season for Arsenal.
When asked on Tuesday about how similar the situations of the two goalscorers were, Wenger suggested that what occurred in 2012 was nothing like this year since Van Persie at the time was much older than Sanchez is now.
“Not really. Every case is different.” he said
“Van Persie was 30 to 31 when he left and had only one year of contract. Alexis is younger. It’s difficult to speak at the moment about that but the decision has been made and we’ll stick to that.”
However, a fact check on the Arsenal manager’s words revealed that Van Persie had actually just turned 29 when he decided to leave.
So if anything, he was rather 28 to 29, just as Sanchez is at the moment, and the similarities do not end there.
We are all hoping Sanchez remains committed to Arsenal but the worrying fact is that you can never take Wenger’s words on the matter seriously due to his track record of inaccurate statements ahead of the exit of star players in the past.
Just take a look at this…