Petit: Sanchez doesn’t regret United move – just look at his bank balance

A warrior from infamous clashes of the past, Emmanuel Petit lets rip ahead of United v Arsenal, with Alexis Sanchez firmly in his sights...

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Alexis Sanchez is not the same player anymore. His move was a fiasco. Some people will say it’s because of Mourinho and the way he plays, and I understand that a manager can have a big impact tactically and when he picks the player, but we all know the exceptional talent of Sanchez. Mourinho did not give him poison that all of a sudden has taken away all of his qualities.

For me, I’m thinking, what has happened to Alexis Sanchez since he signed for Manchester United? Where is he?

I’m pretty sure he doesn’t regret the move because he is one of the best paid player in the Premier League, so he must be happy with what is in the bank. On the pitch though, it’s been a disaster.

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Perfect time to play United

Emery is 19 games unbeaten now. The first big test for him was against Spurs and now they face United. These two games have arrived at the perfect time for him. Arsenal need to know where they are as a team because they lost the first two big games early in the season.

This will serve as a barometer for Arsenal now so this second one in succession is a massive game for the players and manager.

Despite not playing very attractive football, Manchester United are very good at stopping their opponents playing. I feel very frustrated watching Manchester United. People can criticise Mourinho, myself included, as I get annoyed seeing him fight against the press and always trying to inflate his ego (with the four finger salute for example).

We know who Jose Mourinho is. He’s one of the best managers in the world. You’ve been winning trophies for 15 years so there’s no need to go into a war with everyone, you just leave yourself open to criticism.

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There’s no edge anymore

The edge that once was there in this fixture has been lost. It’s just not what it once was. I used to say all the time that the atmosphere in the Premier League is one of the best in the world. It’s brilliant for a player. It’s just my opinion but I don’t believe that’s the case anymore.

Fans play a massive part too though.

If you go to a stadium, it’s to support your team. You can’t expect to go to a match thinking it is the theatre and to just sit there and be entertained all the time.

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