As Alexis Sanchez’s transfer to Premier League rivals Manchester United draws nearer, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has again suggested that the Chilean is moving to Old Trafford because of the money on offer.
The 29-year-old is expected to finalise his move to United in the next 48 hours after apparently undergoing a medical on Sunday, with Henrikh Mkhitaryan heading to the Gunners in a straight swap deal.
And with reports claiming Sanchez could earn as much as £450,000 a week at United, Wenger says he “cannot understand” the decision of the player to leave the Emirates Stadium except the money on offer ultimately proved too tempting.
“I cannot understand anybody wanting to leave Arsenal. But, in 30 years of doing transfers, you learn a lot about human beings,” Wenger said.
“As a professional, it was perhaps his last contract at the top level and an important contract. After that, I accept that because we accepted that we would let him go. After that, we analyse the pros and the cons.
“We did what we tried to do and went as far as we could. Even Manchester City moved out of it in the end. That tells you we had no chance to give him a contract.
“We have tried to find the best possible solution and the best possible solution is that we lose a world class player – I don’t deny that at all – but we did not lose him without getting somebody after. The future will tell if it was the right decision or not.
“It is not that we are only losing a player, we are gaining a player as well. And we are still active in the transfer market and trying to bring players in.”