Arsene Wenger is notorious for giving cryptic messages. Preferring instead to keep the media and everybody guessing. One of his famous lines was, when he was asked about Santi Cazorla in 2012 during the Asian tour, his response was that “I do not know me”. Another line is when he usually says “if we sign someone you will know”. And few seasons back, he was the one that confirmed the signing of Sebastian Squillaci in a press conference before the official site took it up.
Going by these antecedents of Arsene Wenger, it therefore came as a surprise when reports emerged that Arsene Wenger spoke in Brazil confirming that Alexis Sanchez will be an Arsenal player in days. This, if confirmed, is a complete departure from the way the Frenchman operates, as he seldom says anything about transfers which means that Alexis Sanchez to Arsenal lines that has pervaded the press are factual. If it happens, Arsenal fans will definitely be happy with the signing of the Chilean who has scored a total of 27 goals and created 19 assists for others to score for both club and country in the last one year.
Although, any transfer involving Arsenal is never completed until it is officially announced due to what has transpired in the past when transfers that were due to be completed in days, went into weeks and months and eventually some turned into a farce and never materialized. Ditto the Yann M’Villa speculations in 2012 which assumed the same proportion with that of the current posturing of Alexis Sanchez by the press. Yet everybody affiliated to the club have come to approach every transfer season with a strong element of caution after past failures. But, the Arsene Wenger’s words can serve as a buffer through which many can relax that the transfer is truly coming to fruition this time around.
Without doubt, transfers can fall through at the very last moments even when the details of the transfers are being finalized. As in the case of Jerzy Dudek whose bio was already in place in the official site, yet he was never an Arsenal player. Such a scenario gives credence to the cliché that it is never done until the old lady sings. But despite all this permutations and exclusives from the press especially the Spanish media, it will take the confirmation of this transfer by the official website for those affiliated to the club to take this as a done deal.
However, the fact that no less a person as Arsene Wenger has gone on to say that the transfer his almost done, if not almost done, means that the transfer itself is nearing completion. As asserted above, the antics of Le Prof is completely different when it comes to transfer, so the fact that the waters could flow from him when it never does in a transfer season only means the drought of Arsenal’s first signing is at an end.