According to reports, Alexis Sanchez has decided to quit Arsenal at the end of the season and teams like Paris Saint-Germain, Juventus, Inter and AC Milan are looking forward to signing him, though it seems that Sanchez prefers to return to La Liga and play for Sevilla
If Arsenal loses Alexis Sanchez it would give a big headache to Arsene Wenger or whoever manages the team next season. Sanchez is Arsenal’s top scorer with 20 goals in all competitions and he’s become a skillful striker with great physical presence and work rate similar to stars like Diego Costa, Luis Suarez and Gareth Bale.
With his future up in the air, Arsenal has been linked with players like Alvaro Morata and Andrea Belotti as possible replacements but here we look at three more realistic options for the Gunners.
Marco Reus has natural talent but sadly as exceptional as he is when he plays, his injury record has been an issue in recent years, preventing him from exploding and becoming a top star.
Reus has been repeatedly linked with Arsenal over the years, and the Borussia Dortmund striker will likely be considered as a potential replacement for Alexis Sanchez because he can also play as an attacking midfielder and if healthy, he can form a deadly combination with Mesut Ozil and help ease the loss of Sanchez. That’s as long as he’s healthy, which is a big if… The other problem is that he would likely cost Arsenal a considerable amount of money, but adding him could help Arsenal improve on the SBR reviewed Ladbrokes odds to win the Premier League next year.
Lorenzo Insigne has been linked to Arsenal on many different occasions and the Napoli star will likely get a closer look from the Gunners if Sanchez indeed moves on.
With nine goals and six assists on all competitions, Insigne might not be a prolific scorer like Sanchez but he’s just 25 years old and there’s room for improvement under Wenger and surrounded by a decent midfield.
Insigne has been labeled as the next Serie A phenom and even though it has taken him a bit to really get going, this season appears to be when he breaks through. He also covers a lot of ground and helps defend. Right now he is third on Napoli, averaging 0.8 tackles per game.
The 18-year-old Kylian Mbappe has been on fire this season and is quickly becoming a highly rated teenager in Europe, with 12 goals and five assists in 27 appearances in all competitions this season.
Teams are showing more and more interest in Mbappe since AS Monaco’s 5-3 loss to Manchester City in the first leg of the UEFA Champions League Round of 16, where Mbappe was impressive, finishing with 3 shots, 2 take-ons, 1 cross, 1 chance created and 1 goal.
Mbappe is an outstanding talent who could be well worth the risk of making a big investment if Arsenal has enough vision and ambition.
The gifted striker is already on the radar of elite teams like FC Barcelona, Real Madrid and Manchester City and he has attributes that can help fill the void that Sanchez could leave.
Often compared with Arsenal legend Thierry Henry, Mbappe is more comfortable when he plays as a central striker but he can also move to the wings and produce danger. He has strength, good pace and he’s also a decent passer.
He doesn’t cover much ground or helps regularly on defense like Sanchez does, at least not yet, but he is a work in progress and a more than intriguing project. The right manager can get even more out of him. He’s just getting started and there are no limits to his potential, which is why can fit at Arsenal and continue his development.
Which of these three would you choose?