In a fairly no-holds-barred interview with Chilean newspaper La Tercera, Robert Pires says he doesn’t understand why Arsenal sell their best players to rival clubs.
He was talking ahead of the now inevitable departure of Alexis Sanchez to Manchester United, and questioned why the policy of the club isn’t to add players of similar quality in order to help them hold onto their top talent.
Pires insists that Sanchez is not a mercenary or moving for money, and also suggests that Mesut Ozil is frustrated because of the lack of investment.
Asked if Sanchez was willing to leave because he had become disillusioned at Arsenal, he said, “It must be that. I have been here for a long time and I don’t understand it. But if players like Sanchez want to leave because they feel there is no desire to win here, yes, it is better to leave.
“What I don’t understand is that a team like Arsenal allows its best men to sign for a rival. I don’t get it.
“I know that’s the way football is, that Manchester United is offering Alexis something that I don’t know if Arsenal can match.
“But I know that if I have a player like Sanchez, the first thing I do is renew him. And buy other players to make a better team and try to win the league.
“However, I’m not the coach, I’m not the president, I’m just an ex-Football player from Arsenal.
“The club must sign quality players. That is what they have to do. This club has a lot of money, but has to buy.”
He has a lot more to say about Sanchez and his attitude, what the club should do and more.