Alexis Sánchez has the chance to show City what they are not missing | Barney Ronay

Pep Guardiola failed in his effort in the summer to sign Arsenal’s star forward but the club’s youthful front line has blossomed without the Chilean this season

You can’t always get what you want. But if you try sometimes – and you’re not too scarred by a complex, deadline-week, dual-jurisdiction triple-swoop involving both Raheem Sterling and Thomas Lemar – you might find you get what you need.

Manchester City might have been flying even higher at the top of the league and have scored more than their 35 goals had Alexis Sánchez signed from Arsenal in late August. Who knows, as the fixture list starts to bite, City’s fans may look on their brilliant but callow front line and think wistfully of Sánchez’s proven razor edge, his more seasoned warrior spirit.

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