Arsenal round-up: Sanchez in disagreement with agent; Monaco remain stubborn; Emirates Cup squad announced
Alexis Sanchez was pencilled in for a return to Arsenal this weekend, but he has cast doubt on that with a recent post on Instagram. The Chilean posted a picture that was captained with the words ‘enfermo’ and ‘sick’, while his representatives have been in touch with the Gunners to tell them that the attacker is struggling with a virus.
His future will continue to be discussed in the media and the Mirror report that he is in the midst of a disagreement with his agent who thinks Sanchez should see out his current deal before leaving on a Bosman. The 29-year-old wants to leave this summer and is likely to push for it during the coming weeks.
This saga is going to run and run until the transfer window closes. Arsenal are taking a powerful stance when it comes to the attacker and supporters will be hoping that they are successful in keeping last season’s top scorer at the club. However, it risks being a distraction initially and for that reason, it could be a better move to sell him this summer. No player is bigger than the club and the Gunners could move on stronger without him.
Arsenal may be having success when it comes to keeping hold of Sanchez, but they are finding it difficult to reach an agreement with Monaco for Thomas Lemar. The Frenchman is one of the club’s priority targets, but the Ligue 1 champions are determined to keep hold of the midfielder after losing several stars already this summer.
The Gunners made a third bid rumoured to be around £45 million, but it was turned down and Monaco remain adamant that he won’t be sold this summer, as reported by the Telegraph.
Lemar would be a great addition for Arsenal, but it is reaching a point where a deal looks unlikely. Although the club may have received encouragement from the player’s entourage, Monaco are in a strong position and are under no pressure to sell the midfielder.
It might be wise for the Gunners to move on to alternative targets, as they do need further additions before the transfer window closes. They can’t afford to waste any more time on a transfer that looks unlikely. Furthermore, they could force the player to push for a move if they do drop interest. Therefore, it could actually improve their chances of securing Lemar’s services.
The Emirates Cup will be played this weekend as Arsenal will go up against Benfica and Sevilla at the Emirates Stadium. This will be a good opportunity for supporters to assess the team heading into the new season.
Alexandre Lacazette is set for his first run out in front of his new fans, according to the Mirror, while a number of talented youngsters have been included in the squad. Cohen Bramall, Reiss Nelson and Joe Willock are three of the best coming through the ranks and all three could feature this weekend.
A lot of jokes are made at the expense of the Emirates Cup, with many suggesting Arsenal count it as a trophy, but it is a good tournament to prepare the players for the coming season. They will face two established European forces who will pose a real threat to the Gunners. There are still two weeks before the Premier League begins, but this weekend will go a long way to getting the squad ready for the kick-off.