Why Arsenal rejected Jadon Sancho transfer move as Mikel Arteta handed £65m reminder

Jadon Sancho is in talks with moving from Manchester United to Borussia Dortmund on loan and it is a move many Arsenal supporters were interested in hijacking

Manchester United are in negotiations with Borussia Dortmund over a potential loan move for Jadon Sancho according to The Guardian. The England international would return to the club that sold him for £73million less than three years ago.

Sancho’s situation with Erik ten Hag fell away following the decision not to include the former Dortmund man in his travelling squad to face Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium earlier this season. The Red Devils would lose the game 3-1 and in the post-match press conference, ten Hag explained Sancho had not travelled due to “his performance in training

Sancho would respond on social media within the hour posting: “Please don’t believe everything you read! I have conducted myself in training very well this week. I believe there are other reasons for this matter that I won’t get into, I’ve been a scapegoat for a long time which isn’t fair

With a loan move to Dortmund in the offing, it will mean many Arsenal supporters who suggested that the Gunners should move for Sancho will indeed not get their wish. But was it the right decision for Arsenal not to make a play?

Arsenal decided to invest £65million in Kai Havertz last summer following a difficult spell at Chelsea where he could not reach the heights shown during his own time in Germany with Bayer Leverkusen. It has been a struggle to find form in north London and Arteta has embarked on something of an individual project to revive the 24-year-old’s career and recover his confidence and form.

Sancho will likely require a similar project to find his best form again following his struggles at United. With Arsenal in a situation whereby they are trying to battle against a spate of poor form, injecting further challenge in the form of a Sancho redemption would come at the wrong time.

Furthermore, it is evident that the player is pushing to return to Germany whereas Havertz was keen on staying in the Premier League to prove himself and even risk crossing the London west-north divide to join Arsenal. Edu Gaspar would be on the back foot trying to persuade Sancho to make a similar switch.

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