May 16, 2017
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Arsenal round-up: Ryan Giggs wants Alexis Sanchez at Manchester United; First summer signing imminent; Arsene Wenger comments on future

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After Liverpool’s thumping victory over West Ham United, it does look ominous for Arsenal’s top-four hopes. However, Arsene Wenger has confirmed in his press conference ahead of their clash with Sunderland that his future won’t be affected by the Gunners finishing outside of the top four, while the club’s transfer plans aren’t likely to change either. The Mirror reports the following quotes from the Frenchman:

“I believe finishing outside the top four will not have any influence on the way the club will be led and how we will behave in the transfer market.

“It will be frustrating if we don’t get in. I still think we just have to give our best to get to 75 points and if it doesn’t happen, it doesn’t happen. At least we have done our job well to the end.”

These comments provide the strongest indication yet that he plans to stay at the club and a new contract will be announced shortly. He is right to an extent that 75 points is a good haul, but Arsenal should have managed to collect more throughout the season. It would be a huge blow to miss out on the top four, but it reflects the improving quality within the league and that is something that will continue over the coming seasons. This appeared to be the perfect time to make a managerial change, but it doesn’t look likely.

Arsenal are closing in on their first summer signing as Sky Sports report that Sead Kolasinac will become a Gunners player on July 1st. He will arrive on a free transfer from Schalke and provide real competition for the left-back position. The Bosnian has had an excellent season in the Bundesliga and will provide a more attack-minded option down the left flank, as shown by his three goals and five assists this season. There was interest from the likes of AC Milan, Manchester City and Everton, but the Gunners have beaten them all to his signature.

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This is a smart piece of business from Arsenal as the 23-year-old has all the attributes to become a Champions League calibre left-back. There is little risk bringing him in on a free transfer and he would suit their new 3-4-3 formation well, as he is excellent at bombing on to join the attack. It is important that the club get their business done as soon as possible this summer, as they need to start next season quickly. This is an indication that they will.

Alexis Sanchez’s future will be heavily discussed throughout the summer and it could be a saga that runs for the duration. Arsenal will be desperate to keep him, but there will be a lot of interest from top European clubs as he is a player that should be involved in the Champions League. The Gunners will want to avoid selling him to a Premier League rival. However, Ryan Giggs has been quoted in the Express and he believes the Chilean would be a good fit for Manchester United:

“Yeah. Jose Mourinho bought [Zlatan] Ibrahimovic because he is a winner,”

“He’d won everywhere he’d gone. Not only the effect on the pitch but off the pitch as well. You can just feel that Sanchez would give his team-mates a lift.”

It would be an incredible move from Manchester United and they have the funds to complete a deal. However, Arsenal would want to avoid selling him to a rival at all costs as it gives off a bad image. Robin van Persie made the journey from North London to Old Trafford and it is unlikely that the Gunners would allow Sanchez to do the same.

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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.