It would undoubtedly be a mistake if Arsenal let Alexis Sanchez go. Unfortunately, they can’t do much if the Chilean wants to leave the club and try out his fortunes somewhere else. Some place where the integrity and work he puts into his job pays off and translates into trophies. This has often been the case in the Wenger era, with top players leaving the club for another, where they are able to turn their investments into trophies and recognition.
We look at 5 top players who left Arsenal and won trophies elsewhere.
Fabregas came up through the ranks and became a promising young playmaker for Arsenal. Fabregas was Arsenal’s young gem, but he had just one FA Cup to show for all his efforts. Arsenal hoped they might be able to enjoy Fabregas at the peak of his career, but Barcelona came knocking at the door, asking for the 24-year-old. He was desperate for yields and had already become a European and World champion for Spain, in contrast to a dry trophy spell with Arsenal.
These factors provoked him to leave the club, even though he claimed it was the club he loved the most and that he still missed everyone. As a player, his recognition as an individual faded, but he won his first ever league title, along with other trophies like the Copa Del Rey and the UEFA Super Cup. His move to Chelsea wasn’t disappointing either, where he won another league title and broke many personal records. Arsenal, in that duration, didn’t get the title. On course to win another one this season, we wonder of Arsenal’s fortunes, had they managed to keep Fabregas all this while.
Possibly the best season by any Arsenal player since 2004, Fabregas 09/10. He was on a different level. pic.twitter.com/TNLLdS04hZ
— Calum (@CalArsenal) February 22, 2017