Arsenal have been told to consider the possibility of re-signing Alexis Sanchez by former striker Kevin Campbell if the Chilean would be available for free.
Speaking to Football Insider, former Arsenal striker Kevin Campbell has called on the club to consider bringing Alexis Sanchez back to the Emirates if he would be available on a free transfer and is ‘willing to graft’.
Sanchez signed for Barcelona back in the summer of 2014 from La Liga giants Barcelona and became a cult hero at the Emirates instantly for his energy and goalscoring ability. However, things went sour for the Chilean as he refused to sign a new deal after entering the final year of his contract before eventually signing for arch-rivals Manchester United in January 2018.
Sanchez endured a torrid 18-month spell at Old Trafford, however, looking a pale shadow of his past self. Following his struggles, the 32-year-old moved to Inter Milan in the summer of 2019 in hope of rekindling his career.
While there were promising signs initially, Sanchez has tailed off yet again with the Nerazzurri, who have now made him available for a transfer in the new year. And Campbell has claimed that it is hard to imagine Arsenal would look to bring him back at the Emirates, before adding that the situation may change if the veteran was available on a free transfer.
“Alexis Sanchez was incredible when he came to Arsenal but personally, I cannot see him coming back. Is he talented? Of course he is. But he has not been the same since he left. The Manchester United move was a disaster for him. He has gone to Inter Milan and it has not quite worked out there either, even though they won the title,” Campbell said.
“I don’t think we’ll take him back but if you could get him for nothing and he is willing to graft… Who knows what Mikel Arteta will do. It is a fantasy and a nice thought but I think the club have moved on. I doubt we will see that happening.”
During his time at Arsenal, Sanchez went on to make more than 160 appearances in which he produced a fine return of 80 goals and 45 assists. Given the manner in which he left the club and his subsequent decline, it is extremely unlikely that he would be brought back to the Emirates, even if he were to become available for a free transfer.