There is a supposed frenzy amongst fans of Arsenal and those affiliated to the club with the news, or better still the unconfirmed reports that Arsenal have agreed personal terms with Chilean and Barcelona striker Alexis Sanchez. Depending on the reports you choose to peruse, other reports have claimed that Arsenal have submitted a bid of £22 million for the Chilean and are confident of beating Liverpool to this signing. Added to that, there have also been reports that Liverpool has submitted an higher bid for the Chilean as the Merseyside club looks to negotiate a deal with the Catalan giants over Luis Suarez.
It is easy for Arsenal fans to get carried away and forget that the club or better still them have been in this position before, only for it to unravel and end in disappointment as the club dithers in every deal. Events of the past two summer transfer windows should provide a pointer as to the effect that those affiliated to the club should thread with a path of caution when trying to get into a frenzy over the possible signing of Alexis Sanchez.
In the summer of 2012, when Juan Mata boarded it plane to London, reports where that he was headed to London Colney for his medical, and eventual signing. There were reports that the club had a bid submitted, and have agreed personal terms with the player, and all that was needed was to trash out the remaining deal with Valencia. Yet at the last minutes, the deal was gazumped by Chelsea, and a deal that those at Highbury House could not tie down in months was wrapped up in days by another.
And there is the Gonzalo Higuian episode from last summer. It was an episode that provided several sub plots, with counter reports of bids submitted, personal terms agreed, player was to travel to London to have a medical and all sorts of things that goes with a transfer speculation. The club was at it for months in a summer that had no major tournament apart from the Confederations Cup that had only eight countries as participant. Yet, Napoli who had to sell Edinson Cavani before they could buy a replacement, ended up buying Gonzalo Higuian in a matter of weeks after Arsenal had laboured with it for months.
While, it is good for fans and all alike to join the frenzy bang wagon over the news emanating from various angles over the Alexis Sanchez deal, a high dose of caution remains the best bet as nothing is over until the old lady signs, so it is, that old lady remains arsenal.com when it comes to any transfers involving the club even when all in the corridors of the press claim to be in the know.