Three things that must happen for Arsenal to count deadline day as a success
It has been a testing time for Arsenal fans recently, with severe morale problems on the field resulting in poor performances and shocking score lines.
The Gunners have already suffered two embarrassing defeats after just three Premier League fixtures. Having been stunned by Stoke City, who managed a 1-0 win against Arsene Wenger’s side, the London outfit suffered a humiliating 4-0 loss at the hands of a rampant Liverpool side.
The Reds exposed all the flaws in the Gunners’ 5-2-2-1 system whilst also demonstrating what new signings can bring to a side. Mohamed Salah was impressive throughout the afternoon and he has hit the ground running for his new outfit.
The Egyptian’s form is the polar opposite to Alexandre Lacazette’s start at Arsenal. The Frenchman was poor against Stoke and he found himself benched at Anfield.
Lacazette still has a long period ahead of him to impress, but someone who doesn’t have much time available is Arsene Wenger.
The Frenchman needs a solid end to the transfer window to appease Arsenal supporters and here are three things that need to happen in order to generate positivity from the stands.
Keep Alexis Sanchez
With only a year left on his contract, financially it makes little sense to keep Alexis Sanchez, especially when Manchester City are willing to pay more than £50 million for him, according to the Mirror.
Yet, Arsenal would be in a much worse position if they were to let their Chilean star leave. Arguably, he is the only world-class player the Gunners have and his goals are crucial.
Going forward, a fully focused Sanchez could help Arsenal regain their Champions League spot, which would benefit the club in the long-term as oppose to the short-term cash boost they would receive from selling the winger this summer.
Sign a midfielder
It is clear a season with a midfield pivot of Aaron Ramsey and Granit Xhaka will not lead to good results, and so, with the end of the window approaching, Wenger needs to sign a central midfielder capable of defending.
Across all the top teams in the Premier League, each side has a ‘destroyer’, apart from the Arsenal. Manchester United have Nemanja Matic, Tottenham have Victor Wanyama and Chelsea have Tiemoue Bakayoko, for example.
Therefore, Wenger needs to stick his neck out and pay up for a player who will do the dirty work for his creative side. Steven N’Zonzi of Sevilla appears to be a perfect candidate for the role, and, according to the Mirror, he wants to move.
The former Stoke City man has the discipline and stature to dominate a midfield, a trait the Gunners need, and fast.
Sell Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain
One of the most unhappy players in the Arsenal seems to be Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, who is in the final year of his contract.
The Englishman has been playing as a right wing-back and, according to BBC Sport, he sees his future in central midfield or as a winger, positions Liverpool are willing to play him in.
Instead of seeing him leave for free, Wenger should sanction his exit to Merseyside and take the £40 million on offer. The 24-year-old hasn’t fulfilled his potential at Arsenal and instead of keeping him against his will, the club should let him leave.
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