Alexis Sanchez is one of the best players in the Premier League and arguably the most important player at Arsenal. The Chile international forward had a very good season on a personal level in 2016-17 despite the Gunners failing to finish in the Champions League places.
The 28-year-old, who can operate as a winger, scored 24 goals and provided ten assists in 38 Premier League appearances last season. Sanchez scored three goals and provided three assists in eight Champions League games for the Gunners during the 2016-17 campaign.
Arsenal are one of the biggest clubs in the world and have a global fanbase, but with no Champions League football next season and their chances of winning the Premier League title looking slim, one can understand why Sanchez has been linked with a move away from the Emirates Stadium.
German giants Bayern Munich are reportedly interested in Sanchez. According to Sportsbet, where one can bet on a wide variety of sports, the odds of Sanchez making the switch to Bayern are 7/2. Given that Bayern are serial title winners and already one of the favourites to win the Champions League next season, one can understand the temptation to leave the Emirates Stadium for the Allianz Arena. Leaving Arsenal for Bayern in the summer transfer window would be a step up for Sanchez.
But will signing Sanchez make Bayern a better team? On paper, it definitely will. The 28-year-old is a world-class footballer, and he would certainly enhance the quality of the current Bayern team and add to the strength of the squad. Sanchez is at the peak of his powers, and he would add power and pace to Carlo Ancelotti’s side.
Bayern have the strongest team in Germany, and it will be a shock if Ancelotti’s side fail to win the Bundesliga title next season. Even if the Bavarian giants do not make any signings in the summer transfer window, they will still be firm favourites.
Signing Sanchez would enhance Bayern’s chances of winning the Champions League. The former Barcelona star is a big-game player, and his presence in the squad would be massive for Bayern in Europe. Real Madrid, Barcelona, Juventus and Bayern are the four ‘super clubs’ in Europe, and signing Sanchez would strengthen the Bavarian club in terms of challenging for the Champions League.
The arrival of Sanchez, though, could create a problem for Ancelotti. The Arsenal star would not be happy with a place on the substitutes’ bench, and one wonders whether there is space for him in the starting lineup. Robert Lewandowski is one of the best strikers in the world, and the Poland international will retain his place in the starting lineup. Arjen Robben has become better with age, while Thiago’s progress has been remarkable. Could Sanchez replace Franck Ribery or Thomas Muller in the team? Probably, but neither is particularly guaranteed a place in the starting lineup.
Signing Sanchez would be great for Bayern, but there could be issues down the line if the Chile international does not get enough playing time.