Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is claimed to be reluctantly considering the sale of Alexis Sanchez this summer, but who could take his place within the first-team?
The Chilean forward has shown glimpses of his world-class ability over his two seasons at the Emirates, but is now claimed to be pondering whether he is happy to stay with the club.
Alexis has two years remaining on his current deal, as does Mesut Ozil, and the Gunners are eager to tie the pair down to extended contracts at the moment. The former Barcelona star is said to be unwilling to commit his future however, forcing Wenger to consider his exit.
Should the 27 year-old leave the club, we would be short in attacking options, and would most likely have to replace him with another goalscoring midfielder.
My favoured option should we HAVE to let him go, would be Borussia Dortmund’s Henrikh Mkhitaryan, who has played a part in over 50 goals this season. Micky has been credited with a huge 23 goals and 30 assists in all competitions this term alone, and is believed to be unwilling to extend his Dortmund contract, which is entering its final 12 months currently. The Armenian all-time top goalscorer is also claimed to have sent family members house-hunting in London, which is an interesting thought…
Alarcan Isco is also claimed to be a target of ours, and the exciting playmaker can play in a whole range of positions. He would no doubt be a long-term option for our midfield, but unfortunately I don’t believe Real Madrid would be willing to let such a star to leave the club.
On the other hand, James Rodriguez has lost his place within the first-team, and is most likely willing to quit the club in search of a regular starting place. The Colombian would no doubt command a substantial fee, but we are not short of cash, and I would love to see him grace our famous red shirt.
We have been disappointed with Arsene Wenger’s failure to bring in the required players to strenghten our side previously, and another option could be to return Aaron Ramsey to the starting line-up. Chris Willock is tipped to be promoted from the youth squad for next season, and could have a chance to push for a starting place, but it would be too much of a risk to not sign a proven scoring midfielder wouldn’t it?
Could Ramsey re-find his goalscoring boots of 2013-14? Who is more suited to replace Alexis of the three targets?