Despite Arsene Wenger’s statement that Alexis Sanchez will definitely be playing for Arsenal next season, whether he signs a new contract or not, it would appear that the Chilean international has very different ideas on the matter. While the Arsenal team are over in China for the second leg of their pre-season tour it would appear that Alexis has been in Paris with his agent, and according to reports he has met up with Antero Henrique, PSG’s sporting director yesterday for a very long meeting in Paris.
On the incoming side of Arsenal’s transfer window, we can’t really complain about the arrivals of Alexandre Lacazette and Sead Kolasinac, but condisering that we came 5th in the Premiership last season, we must realise that we have to improve enough to leapfrog the 4 teams above us and must surely make one or two more top quality additions.
The Poland international keeper Wojciech Szczesny has finally completed the long expected transfer away from Arsenal, the club he joined as a promising teenager back in 2005 after supporting them as a boy. It was clearly a tough decision for this self-confessed Gooner to leave the club he loves, so while I wish him well for the future I cannot help but wonder what went wrong.
We have now had at least four bits of good news already this summer, the arrival of the classy Sead Kolasinac on a free transfer and of course the club record signing of the prolific striker Alexandre Lacazette. Add to that the 100% confirmation that Alexis Sanchez and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain are also staying with the club next season. We could add to that Sanogoals leaving, and maybe even Mesut Ozil staying as well, although that is yet to be confirmed.
I know I say ‘at last’ but this time Arsene Wenger has absolutely confirmed that a decision has been made on Alexis Sanchez’s future, and he will definitely be staying, and hopefully firing us to the Premier League title!
“The decision has been made and we will stick to that,” Wenger said. “The decision is not to sell.”
Some Arsenal fans may think that Arsenal have not been very productive in this transfer window so far, but we have got two top top quality players arrived in Alexandre Lacazette and Sead Kolasinc already, which Arsene Wenger thinks is key to getting them settled in before the season starts.
So it looks like we have now come to a crossroads in the Alexis Sanchez saga, and the Chilean appears to have decided that he wants to throw his toys out of the pram and play Champions League football next season. I wonder who with?
Now that the pre-season is under way, the Arsenal transfer rumours are starting to be clarified by Arsene Wenger, and to start with we can be sure that Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain will still be playing for us next season, although Wenger didn’t say that he was going to sign a new contract. Le Prof said when asked about Chamberlain: “Yeah. 100 per cent. I expect him to stay. There has been no speculation. No matter what happens he will stay.”