There has been much speculation that Arsenal should have cashed in on Alexis Sanchez this summer, considering his disinterested and lacklustre performances since he came back late for the beginning of the season, but according to rumours this morning it could have been the right thing to do after all.
If Arsenal had managed to snare Thomas Lemar on deadline day, it looks like we would have been forced to sell Alexis to Manchester City, and that would have made Pep Guardiola’s team even hotter favourites to win the Premier League, and they are looking pretty strong without him at the moment. Can you imagine what Arsenal fans would have been calling Wenger if that had happened, in the light of recent performances from the oil-rich Citizens?
But right now it looks obvious that Alexis is unhappy on missing out on the chance to win the title, so it would make sense that we recoup some of our cash by selling the Chilean in January instead, and it would now appear that City is not the only team willing to pay big bucks for our contract rebel. PSG are even more likely to be keen to do a deal after Neymar and Edison Cavani are at loggerheads, but with the new investment from China, AC Milan are also apparently willing to pay £75m (€85m) to head off bids from their rivals.
If this happens that will represent excellent business for the Gunners, and we can use that cash to bring Lemar in as well! Perhaps Wenger is not such an idiot after all….