Alexis Sanchez prolonged Arsenal exit bore out in front of the footballing world as his obvious unhappiness manifested itself on the pitch. While it was initially thought Sanchez was desperate for a move to Manchester City, his subsequent transfer to Man United proved it was more a case of a desperation to get away from Arsenal.
He has endured a mixed opening under Jose Mourinho, while his former club lost the League Cup Final and fell out of contention in the top four race. However it seems, as far as Arsenal's players are concerned, it was a case of good riddance with Sanchez's transfer.
Football journalist and author of 'Bring the Noise: The Jürgen Klopp Story' Raphael Honigstein has shone some light on the manner and revealed today on the Totally Football podcast that the Chilean was not a popular figure in the Arsenal dressing room.
It has become a bit of a joke to laugh at Arsenal because they made the noise 'finally we got rid of Alexis Sanchez' It’s been under-reported just how badly the whole Arsenal dressing room hated Alexis Sanchez. They really felt that he was just playing up to the camera doing all these things like ‘Oh I’m trying but nobody else is! What am I doing here?
Arsenal would put up stats inside the dressing room last year after every game showing the amount of kilometres run, the passing, and Sanchez would regularly come out with the lowest mileage run of any player in the team by a big distance. The players would just go absolutely bananas at him playing to the camera and making all these moves like ‘Oh, they’re just not worthy of me! What am I doing here?
Honigstein did clarify he was speaking in relation to squad harmony: 'Whether they have improved as a team is a different story but I think it is a happier dressing room.'
Sanchez was evidently a frustrated figure at Arsenal and wanted out. Judging by this report, the feeling was mutual.
You can listen to the podcast in full here.