You're right, yeah.
I suppose the point I'm making is there was intent there. If I'm not mistaken, we only lost Winterburn and Davor Suker that summer (in fact Suker may well have been a season earlier)
The rest of it was about the most ambitious Wenger has ever been. He essentially played Vieira's bluff- 'I've played my hand, I've signed up a strong team. If you want to go, go, but imagine the possibilities if you stayed'
That's exactly what he should be doing for Sanchez.