Arsenal round-up: Sanchez set to return; Nice may need to sell Seri; Bellerin talks about the coming season

Arsenal round-up: Sanchez set to return; Nice may need to sell Seri; Bellerin talks about the coming season

Alexis Sanchez will return to Arsenal on Sunday after returning from his holiday. The Chilean international will report back for pre-season training and step up his preparation ahead of the new season. He has been at the centre of speculation all summer, but at the moment, he remains a Gunners’ player and it will be a boost to have him back with the squad. Arsene Wenger told the club’s official website:

“Alexis and Mustafi, their first training session will be on Sunday. They are practising on the day.”

This is great news for supporters as the new season edges closer. Sanchez remains the club’s most talented player and they will be a better team if they manage to keep him at the club. It is clear that he would prefer a move away, but he is a professional and he will continue to give his all for the Gunners for the foreseeable future. The club have made two new signings, but keeping hold of Sanchez would be best business they do this summer if they manage to do it.

Jean Michael Seri has emerged as a target for the club in recent days and the Gunners have been dealt a boost in their pursuit, as Nice have confirmed they need to offload at least two players during this transfer window. The midfielder has a release clause of £36 million and although that price is high, a deal could be reached for lower as the summer progresses.

The Ligue 1 club’s president spoke to L’Equipe and the quotes were reported by the Daily Star and Metro:

“There should be three or four more arrivals, and two departures. We want to finish these as soon as possible, but certain cases take more time than others.”

Nice need to sell one or two of their stars to sustain their business model and Seri is one of their most saleable assets as things stand. He was one of the best players in Ligue 1 last season and delivered another good performance yesterday in the Champions League against Ajax. It was obvious that he belonged at that level and he would provide a good option for Arsene Wenger in centre midfield. This is certainly a story to keep an eye on.

Hector Bellerin had a disappointing last season and will be hoping to prove once again that he is one of the best full-back prospects in Europe. He was hampered by injuries, while the change to a 3-4-3 didn’t suit him and he finished the campaign as a substitute. The Spaniard won’t be happy to settle for a seat on the bench this season. He is fired up for the coming campaign and has been quoted by the Metro:

“Last season was about cementing myself in the first-team squad and I’m glad the boss gave me the chance to do that.

“This season is about making sure I can hold my spot. Nothing really comes easy and we need to adapt to every single situation.”

The 22-year-old is determined to have a good season and these words will impress his manager. Every player goes through a difficult period, especially at Bellerin’s age. However, he is reacting in the right way and it would be a surprise if he didn’t emerge as a key player for Arsenal over the coming season.

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