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Arsenal round-up: PSG still want Sanchez; Henry discusses Lacazette; Elneny addresses this club future

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Despite their signing of Neymar, PSG remain in the race to sign Alexis Sanchez this summer, according to the Independent. They understand that the Arsenal player’s first choice is Manchester City, but they believe they can make him an appealing offer. The French club are prepared to pay up to £80 million and offer him £400,000-per-week, which underlines the spending power that they possess. However, the Telegraph have a contrasting report, which states that the Parisiens are no longer interested in the attacker.

The mood music regarding Sanchez has been more positive during recent days, but Arsenal can not be sure that they will keep him until the window is closed. The figures discussed above would be difficult to turn down for both the Gunners and the player himself if the Independent report is accurate. That said, the contrasting reports make it unclear what is true and what isn’t. The Chilean’s future will be a main focus of the transfer window during the coming weeks and more contradictory reports are likely as it seems that nobody really knows what is going on.

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Alexandre Lacazette has already made a good impression at the Emirates Stadium and comparisons have been made to Gunners legend Thierry Henry. The man himself is a huge fan of the Gunners’ new signing and told Sky Sports:

“I’m a big fan of him. I saw him playing for a long time in the French league and in the youth team. He was always a talent that everyone was waiting for him to grow into, and to be fair he did, he’s been scoring goals every season.”

A French striker will always be compared to Henry at Arsenal, but it would be unfair for supporters to expect Lacazette to deliver similar feats in a red shirt. Although there are similarities between the two in terms of playing style, the new signing needs to be given time to adjust to English football. It is clear from the comments above that he has a lot of talent and he is expected to do well this season. Supporters should be excited, but they need to keep expectation levels low to begin with. He needs to be judged on his own merits and not for being the second coming of Henry.

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Mohamed Elneny rejected a move to Leicester City earlier this summer and he has now confirmed that he wants to remain with the Gunners. A £10 million bid was accepted for the midfielder, but he turned it down to stay and fight for his place. The Mirror reports the following comments from the Egyptian on his future:

“I am staying at Arsenal this season. I am 100 per cent focused and will give my best to the club day after day.”

The midfielder delivered an assured performance in the Community Shield and proved that he has a part to play this season. It is surprising that Arsene Wenger agreed to sell him to Leicester City given the lack of central midfielders that he has available to him at the moment. The Frenchman needs to add more options to the squad, but Elneny’s performance in the Community Shield would have given him food for thought ahead of the new Premier League season.

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Jake Jackman

Jake is a student based in the South East. He is a Newcastle fan and has a keen interest in Dutch football. Jake can be found on Twitter here - @jakejackmann.

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