Arsenal round-up: Oxlade-Chamberlain bid accepted; City back for Sanchez; Ozil interest
Arsenal could be set for an exodus over the next few days and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain will be the first one out of the door. Sky Sports report that Chelsea have agreed a fee for the winger. Arsene Wenger had hoped that he could convince the England international to stay, but the club’s hand has been forced by his contract situation.
Although Oxlade-Chamberlain is easily replaced in the starting eleven, it is a blow for the club. It was well known that Arsenal wanted to keep him, therefore they look weak now he is set to move to a top-six rival. This has been a problem for the Gunners since their last Premier League title and it isn’t going to improve any time soon. They are no longer a top club in Europe and this transfer shows that.
Alexis Sanchez is another that faces an uncertain future and recent events won’t have made it any easier for Arsenal to keep him. Goal report that Manchester City are ready to test their resolve with a last-ditch offer for the Chilean. Pep Guardiola has made the attacker a priority target, but the Gunners have continued to insist he isn’t for sale. This saga isn’t over and the next few days will be fascinating to follow.
It would be a hugely damaging if Sanchez does leave the club, especially if he joined a top-six rival. Arsenal are already having difficulties and this would compound those. There isn’t much logic to selling the Chilean now, as they would struggle to replace him. However, they might be left with no choice. If the 28-year-old starts pushing for a move, it could become their only option.
This week could be a busy one for Arsenal and not in the way that their supporters would hope for. The Sun report that Borussia Dortmund are considering a move for Mesut Ozil. They have just secured £130 million through the sale of Ousmane Dembele, which means that they could submit an offer that is too good to turn down.
This is another deal that Arsenal won’t be keen to do as they wouldn’t have enough time to find a good replacement for him. However, he is in the final year of his contract and finances could force them into a sale. They don’t look like they will be getting back in the Champions League in the immediate future, which means they can’t afford to take big financial risks. Supporters will hope that Dortmund’s signing of Andriy Yarmolenko will mean they won’t move for Ozil, but it is no guarantee.