After an awful first half of the season for Arsenal the acrimonious departure of Alexis Sanchez to Man United should have helped the Gunners to settle down and reduce the animosity in the dressing room and on the pitch, especially as we saw the arrivals of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Henrikh Mhkitaryan to give our striker force a boost.
Mhki came with a big reputation despite being overlooked by Jose Mourinho at Man United, and the Armenian international has played some excellent games but is also prone to injury and has missed a large amount of games since his arrival. But now it has been revealed that another Man United star, the 22 year-old Anthony Martial, would also liked to have part of the swap deal for Alexis.
Martial has also not been played regularly by Mourinho and he is playing even less now that Alexis has joined the squad. According to a report in the Times, the Gunners were keen on taking the French striker rather than Mhki: “It is understood that Martial was disappointed at not having the chance to discuss a move to Arsenal in January, when the London club raised the possibility of including the forward in the swap deal that led to Henrikh Mkhitaryan leaving Old Trafford instead.” wrote Paul Hirst.
Obviously at just 22 years old, Martial would have been a much safer investment than Mhki, but the ex-Monaco youngster cost United a hell of a lot of money when he arrived at Old trafford in 2015 so he may have been a bit overpriced for the Arsenal side.
But if Arsenal fans had the choice would you have picked Mhki or Martial?