Sanchez speculation increases as City reportedly prepare a bid

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Various publications this morning suggest that Manchester City are set to make a bid for Alexis Sanchez in January.

Quite why they think they need him right now is anybody’s guess, give their lead at the top of the table, but perhaps the injury to Gabriel Jesus has prompted them to test Arsenal’s resolve over keeping him.

Arsene Wenger has said a number of times that expects the Chilean to stay until the end of his contract, but he also insisted he wouldn’t sell him last summer before trying to do just that at the end of the transfer window.

Arsenal failed to seal a deal for Monaco’s Thomas Lemar, meaning Sanchez had to stay, but it showed that the club’s position was nowhere near as fixed as they said it was.

The well informed James Olley in the Evening Standard suggests a bid of £40m would tempt the Gunners into a sale, but even a club with pockets as deep as City would find it hard to justify that kind of outlay on a player they could sign for free in the summer.

His departure could also only be justified if there was a quality replacement lined up, because even though his season has been below his best, he’s our joint leader scorer and second leading assist maker.

Of course much of what happens in January is speculation, so we’ll wait and see what happens, but as with everything else at Arsenal right now, nothing would be a surprise.

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ClockEndRider
ClockEndRider

The situation continues to be ideal.

IamaGoober

I will be gutted if he ends up at City. Say what you want about him being selfish, and that his arrogance and recent behavior is detrimental to the team. But right now, we are such a mess, and we need a guy that can score goals out of nothing, and he is literally the only guy in our team that has that in his locker.

If you cast your mind back to that Invincible’s team. Alexis Sanchez is 100% good enough to get in that side, bar Mesut Ozil and maybe Koscielny, nobody else in our current setup would really be in contention for a place in that squad.

And that say’s a lot. Our best player since 2004 wants to leave ultimately because we just aren’t competitive anymore.

Everyone who backs Arsene Wenger staying as the Arsenal boss for me, is just a bit clueless now.

I am not saying that insulting him, or calling him names is justifiable because it isn’t at all. That man has given me so much joy over my life time because of the incredible job he has done managing the club – but its time for a change now. I think he should 100% walkaway at the end of this campaign. Hopefully the opportunity arises where it correlates with some silverware, but regardless. He has to go.

Ars
Ars

I think he should go now … anyway we aren’t going to win anything this season …so let’s give the new manager ( ancelotti for example ) time to adapt …and then we start a fresh bright season

Jimbo Jones
Jimbo Jones

Dangerous to start thinking and speaking objectively!

You’re right and it was obvious before the season started, let’s not let the boss waste any more money on this failed team. The players change the dross just says the same.

Let him go to city. We aren’t a rival to them and won’t be before Sanchez retires. More of a kick in the teeth would be if he goes to Liverpool

Flashmob
Flashmob

To be honest – I don’t think it’s a failed team. I think our continuous problem are those +2/3 missing players. Just imagine our current squad with Oblak/Varane + a young talent like Malcom. I think that would easily be among the top10 sides in Europe

SB Still
SB Still

I shared your optimism at the start of this campaign and even till couple of months ago.

After a series of underwhelming performances, where the players don’t care, sitting comfortably whatever hapoens that the manager will cover them in public, we are massively dysfunctional – not something one says that about Wenger’s team.

Take yesterday’s game, we had a team made up of full internationals and the most promising youngsters from the current crop. Played a managerless team, on a terrible run of form, confidence and we ship 4 goals!

John C
John C

Sanchez and Ozil may be by far our best players at the moment but I don’t think they are our best players since 2004, i think both Fabregas and Van Persie were better.

But i digress, i have no idea how we’re going to score goals if he’s out of the team and really the best way forward is to replace the manager now and see if we can get someone in who can convince those two to sign new contracts.

IamaGoober

I hear you @John C

FYI – I didn’t include those players because I counted them as being from that era.

A Different George
A Different George

At his best, Sanchez is one of that handful of players just below the very top (Messi, Ronaldo, Neymar), as good as anyone in England (De Bruyne, Hazard, Arguero), maybe better.

Nketibag
Nketibag

Contract aside, the ironic thing is he’s worth over 100 million in today’s market.
You’d struggle to find better numbers from anyone in world football over the last 4 years.

Reality check
Reality check

If you work for Yahoo and you see what progress Google are making. If Google wants you to work for them and make you their highest earner, what would you do?
replace ‘you’ with Sanchez, Yahoo with Arsenal and Google with MC.

begeegs
begeegs

More like Google = MC and Netscape = Arsenal

Matt
Matt

LOL!

I do think arsenal are closer to soundcloud than netscape though

Glasgow Gooner
Glasgow Gooner

Keown : That’s fine, you can go fella.

I think I agree with him.

If we somehow get the money we paid for him. Take it and take it now.

Mr November
Mr November

I just want him to go so this can all be over. His performances are not so good that they outweigh the detriment it has on the club. Squeeze as much money out of of City as possible and get a suitable replacement in (personally, I’d like Fekir).

Voldermort
Voldermort

I couldn’t give a fekir who we get or don’t get. The problem lies with the manager and how the team is coached and set up. Until that changes we will continue to suspect at the back and we still won’t build a team around the likes of ozil like we should have done.

loose_cannon
loose_cannon

Agree apart from we shouldn’t be looking to build around Ozil or any other individual player, we should be looking to build around a solid playing style. An identity that sadly we’ve lacked lately, especially when Ozil and Sanchez have been out of the side

dawn
dawn

I’d like anybody who can make us an 11 man TEAM again! I think Ozil is delaying signing until he’s sure he’s gone!

Third+Plebeian
Third+Plebeian

That…is an interesting hypothesis, actually.

Third+Plebeian
Third+Plebeian

It could be good for us, only if: 1) we replace him with a quality, ready-to-hit-the-ground-running forward (let’s be honest, it won’t be someone of equal quality to Alexis), and 2) the team benefits from the departure of this divisive figure by…playing as a team. There could be a ‘rallying’ effect here. Maybe Cohesion is the player we finally get!

ontheup
ontheup

I’d never thought I’d write that, but sell. I don’t even expect a replacement. I think we need to hit rock bottom to bounce back. I think we all know we need to write-off this season.

Flashmob
Flashmob

Our best 11 would defenitely be among the top3 candidates for the EL title.
And that would be one of the biggest European success in our history (+ a place in next year’s CL)

Niall Shannon
Niall Shannon

And so it begins :/

Dave
Dave

Please let this season be over already

Flashmob
Flashmob

See my comment above!

Deano

I believe this transfer window is going to be the most depressing one we have had. Even worse than when we signed Kallstrom on a free with a bad back. I suppose Citeh could put the bid in just to bolster their champions league squad.

Third+Plebeian
Third+Plebeian

The Kallstrom Window still makes me laugh. I can’t help it. It was just so Arsenal.

Third+Plebeian
Third+Plebeian

(I.e., desperately needing a strong central midfield signing, and ending up with an injured stop-gap.)

LEFT08
LEFT08

Good riddance. I don’t see why he wasn’t in the squad for Forest. Since he won’t sign a new contract he should play every game.

dawn
dawn

Then get injured and nobody will bother signing him!

LEFT08
LEFT08

Erm…he is leaving for nothing in a few months mate.

yen
yen

Regardless of whether he goes or not, why don’t we just splash the cash on Mahrez? If it’s true his price could be around 50 million, it seems fair in today’s market – complete player, great age, top quality.

Guess such target is “too obvious” for us to be interested.

Deano

Probably put in a cheeky £25million bid.

yen
yen

Reminds me of the good ole’ days when we were pretty much one top class striker short of having a squad actually capable of having a proper title run, so we came in with that cheeky 40m+1 pound bid just to keep the banter going.

Crazy to think the same amount of money gets you Ox nowadays.

A Different George
A Different George

I am so sick of this endlessly repeated nonsense about the Suarez bid. The issue was whether Liverpool would allow him to leave. Arsenal tested the purported “release clause,” and got an answer: clause or no clause, Liverpool would not let him go yet, and not to an English club. It had nothing to do with the extra pound.

ronaldo
ronaldo

mahrez will go to liverpool

John C
John C

Because Wenger doesn’t want to “kill” Iwobi’s career.

Wolsty
Wolsty

To be honest Iwobi is doing a good job of that himself. His last few games have been awful and I was at Forest yesterday, nuff said. He was better coming in from the left but like Walcott hasn’t progressed….

John C
John C

I agree but my point is we didn’t buy a Mahrez or Lemar type player in the summer to play alongside Sanchez and Ozil because Wenger didn’t want to put another player in front of him.

So what we have instead is a typical Wenger fudge, inadequate quality in the first 11 to leave space for an unprepared, out-of-his-depth youngster with overpaid, not good enough players like Walcott and Welbeck as back-up.

Pete
Pete

Signing Mahrez would be a big mistake. He [was] a great player for Leicester because they play a very counter-attacking style where he has heaps of room to be creative. For a team that usually has 60-70% his numbers would be terrible. And we saw that decline when teams started figuring Leicester out. Same for Vardy. The fact that Wenger made a bid for him shows what an utterly clueless and outdated coach he is.

Merlin\'s Panini
Merlin\'s Panini

I 100% disagree. Both Mahrez and Vardy declined because they stopped giving a shit. They weren’t supposed to win that title. It was like a stupid chav winning the lottery. They go completely off the rails because they don’t know what to do anymore. However, Mahrez still has it, is a good age and I would have him at Arsenal in a heartbeat. Not that we will sign him.
Wenger would have signed him already if he really wanted him.

A Different George
A Different George

Mahrez has looked very good at times, a wonderful talent with great vision, but has virtually disappeared in some matches that I have watched. And certainly any Arsenal supporter who has ever complained about Ramsey’s positional discipline or Walcott’s supposedly not tracking back would get much more of that with Mahrez.

caligunner
caligunner

Where is Santori when you need him lol jk

dawn
dawn

Selfish and arrogant as Sanchez but might do a job for a season and a half!

Glocken
Glocken

Just sack Wenger now so a replacement can have the rest of the season to evaluate players, put together a fixed formation & style.

Sell Ozil & Alexis for what you can and reinvest.

When Wenger goes it needs to be a clean break, no position upstairs & no input from him to annoint a successor, we need a new man with his own ideas and team. I do not want a yes man like Arteta.

It’s time for a revolution, let’s get it started early.

Newxieland
Newxieland

Well given the Ox went for 35m Sanchez surely is worth the extra 5m!

Cue Theo to resurrect his Arsenal career in the second half of the season and finally become a beautiful Pieres/Henry Frankenstein finishing with 30 goals for the season!

He than goes on to single handily pull England into this years WC Final with 10 goals securing the Golden Boot in the process!

Alas England lose to Australia in the final after Kane skies his 5th penalty. Harry Kewell slots home after coming out of retirement to become Australia’s player manager!

The Socceroos are the CHAMPIONS OF THE WORLD!!!

Iceberg10
Iceberg10

I want some of what you’re smoking.

Merlin\'s Panini
Merlin\'s Panini

It’ll cost you £40,000,000.01

GHunner
GHunner

“Get out while you can, Alexis!”

Twatsloch
Twatsloch

Fuck off while we can still make some money from you, Alexis!

H18ury
H18ury

Sign him and loan him back to us until the end of the season.

Media Hates Arsenal
Media Hates Arsenal

I don’t give a s**t about Alexis , so these stupid news and speculations about him are as worthless as himself , our club has greater problems right now and massive changes are needed , starting with sacking Wenger.

Clarkey
Clarkey

If he goes to City, he will almost certainly destabilise them. Fuckity bye!

Ross
Ross

If the offer comes, sell. Even if we don’t re-invest until the summer. The season isn’t exactly going to be spoiled. Whilst £40m may seem a lot for city to bid in January, it’s still a small amount for Sanchez in today’s market so I don’t think it’s beyond them.

chrispy
chrispy

I care only enough to put in the effort to say ‘I don’t care’…..

Original Paul
Original Paul

I doff my cap Sir! 🙂

ronaldo
ronaldo

I just hope wenger doesn,t buy anyone else in January, and he goes in the summer, so that the new manager can have what transfer money there is to buy the players he wants

Maxin In The Shade
Maxin In The Shade

Watch him go to City and become the player we know he can be, but with more consistency.

You have to wonder what certain players could become being trained and managed under someone else.

Who has genuinely improved over the last 2-3 seasons?

yen
yen

Szczeszny did. Oh wait…

David Hillier\'s luggage
David Hillier\'s luggage

Reasons for City buying him now? As you state they ‘could’ could get him on a free, Sanchez could also sign a pre contract with an non English club in the next few months. Also, City would probably have to pay a huge signing on fee in the summer, may as well stump up the cash now, makes no difference to them if the money goes to Arsenal or Sanchez’ agent.

The question is whether Sanchez wants to go now or in the summer. I suspect the latter.

ramgooner
ramgooner

50 million and he is all yours. Fucking Ross Barkley is 15 million. Why should we undervalue our player?

catbiscuits
catbiscuits

Barkley must be great in bed

dawn
dawn

At least he’ll come more than halfway up the bed!

Northern Gooner
Northern Gooner

Because in 6 months time he can join any club in the whole wide world for free?.

Arsenal finds itself in that “ideal situation” of having virtually no say in one of its star player’s future.

Sanchez, like any player entering the last 6 months of their contract, holds all the cards now and will only go if it’s convenient for him.

Stephen Shale
Stephen Shale

After his performances in the first half of this season, he would not be missed, so why not cash in? £60m for a full season, £30m for half; seems reasonable. It’s also not like we’d be selling him to direct competition…

Goldencannon
Goldencannon

It won’t happen but if we sell Sanchez now, Wenger and Gazidas should resign straight away. The decision making at this club is incredibly bad. What was the point of keeping a highly disruptive figure for six months? Should have sold and replaced in the summer but doing it now pretty much signals that we’ve given up on the season.

podgygooner
podgygooner

Here’s an idea, maybe buy the likes of Mahrez and/or Lemar and a couple of decent defenders not as replacements, but to show the likes of Sanchez and Ozil and us fans that we have some ambition?

catbiscuits
catbiscuits

That’s 200 million (plus wages). We don’t have that kind of money, given that (probably) losing Sanchez and Ozil for free is effectively writing-off 150 million.

podgygooner
podgygooner

But we do have that kind of money if you look at what we’ve got in the bank plus selling the deadwood (Theo et al.).

catbiscuits
catbiscuits

Not sure that’s true. Excluding debt service reserves, our cash balance is £144 million (source below). That basically gets you Lemar (£90 million, plus 5 years of salary at £150k, comes to just shy of £130 million). I just don’t see us recouping enough from deadwood sales to support the splurge you want (and we need).

https://twitter.com/swissramble/status/914760608800821248?lang=en

Original Paul
Original Paul

I am sure Arsenal Football Club could find the cash if they wanted to. Watch this space…:-(

Faisal Narrage
Faisal Narrage

“His departure could also only be justified if there was a quality replacement lined up”

There is another reason, not one I agree with, but I can see the logic behind it.

You have to ask…will Sanchez get us into the top 4? I’m not so sure anymore. He can huff and puff all he likes and score 4 goals, and we’ll just concede 5. It’s looking likely we may not get into the Top 4 even with Sanchez.
Best chance is Europa, and can you say our performances have been convincing enough that we’re certain to win it? Un-bloody-likely.

So we face a next summer with a good chance of Wenger maybe leaving (hopefully) but the squad needing a complete overhaul and serious investment.

Do you…
A. Back Wenger, keep our most valuable assets to go for making the CL (either via top 4 or EL) and do so? Or potentially fail, remain outside the top4 (looks likely), out of the EL, lose Sanchez and Ozil for free, having a terrible squad to rebuild and be faced with a new manager with an awful squad and not enough money to rebuild? Or even keep Wenger and somehow trust him to rebuild after evidence to the contrary?

Or

B. Cut our loses. Accept we likely won’t make it into the CL, so sell our prized assets and add that money for a new manager to rebuild?

Can’t say I agree or disagree, but I can certainly see the logic.

Drew
Drew

Even without ozil and Sanchez our squad isn’t terrible. Not as good as it could be but terrible? Not having that.

Faisal Narrage
Faisal Narrage

It’s relative.
Considering the goal (at least what’s said to us) is to win the Premier League, you have to compare the squad for it’s objectives.

And for its objectives, it’s an absolute shambles.

dawn
dawn

We got into the top 4 last season with samchez, then, did we?

Faisal Narrage
Faisal Narrage

Not sure if you’re trying to be funny, but I imagine you’re admitting that even at his best last season, we indeed still missed out on the top 4.

glory hunter
glory hunter

The only consolation is knowing that Arsene’s tenure is coming to an end, today we 1 day closer to the day he leaves

Stephen Shale
Stephen Shale

But how do any of us know when that actually is??!
I cant count down the days, when every other summer it jumps back up to two years again!

Ashley
Ashley

Personally would like to sell him. Not because of any performance issues but because of a couple of reasons

1) I am sick of thinking about it all the time, and reading about it all the time. I long for sweet relief.

2) I am up for something new… after some games this season I have been up for starting over again with a new group but when I calm down, i would just settle for something new.

3) I am not out for his blood by any means but I am struggling to enjoy even his good performances because he doesnt want to be here and the end is clearly coming even if its the end of the season!

4) Financially, it would still be good to get something out of him rather than going for free.

I realise not everyone will agree, but personally I am not excited about the CL and battle for top 4. I really do not care. I want us to do as well as we can and I am enjoying the Europa League but beyond that I am struggling and I suppose that makes the idea of him going easier for me. I do think we need to buy a replacement and I dont know how easy that will be in January but still, if we can then I just think we should move on because I am of the opinion that this has been as damaging to our season as the wenger contract uncertainty was last season… if not more so.

Different year Same shit
Different year Same shit

This saga is now as boring as our football.

Jdog
Jdog

I have no faith in anyone at arsenal to make a correct decision. It’s almost as if wenger and Co think: this is the most logical thing to do. Let’s do the opposite. *complains when ‘gamble’ backfires spectacularly, rinse and repeat.

Gudaffiduck
Gudaffiduck

Just sell him get it over with and add some funds for the next manager/season as this one is a write off

Drew
Drew

Sell him get the cash buy Draxler persuade Ozil to sign. Personally think Ozil is far more important.

karl
karl

He is nt going to make the difference to a team as poor as our this season. If £40m is one the table (seems unlikely), it would be foolish not to take it for rebuilding once we change manager in the summer.

Different year Same shit
Different year Same shit

Doesn’t matter. If we can’t beat [insert PL makeweight here] when he’s in the side, and we aren’t going to make the top 4 with him in the squad and If he goes to Citeh, their performance relative to ours will be unchanged.

Walenaija
Walenaija

I agree with you 100%.

Twatsloch
Twatsloch

Guardiola famously benched half a billion euros worth of world class players during his time at Barcelona. One could argue the madness in that or he was just hoovering the market for talent to keep it from any rivals. Could be he’s trying to do the same here. He has the money at his disposal.

Ausdrexler
Ausdrexler

No could be’s about it. Its exactly what the big big big clubs do. they take the ebst players so others cant have them.
Chelsea had a squad on loan few years back that if they were a team could of been top 6 in EPL. Bayern have done it for eyars. The big 2 in spain. No surprises ManCity is jumping on the bandwagon.
What better way to improve your chances domestically then to take the ebst players from your rivals and weaken them.

Original Paul
Original Paul

Until we have a team of players that are committed to the club, nothing is going to change for the better. Let’s get him gone asap please and thanks for your endeavors Alexis, I will always remember your skillful puppy phase. x

Lordhall
Lordhall

Just go for F sake and take Wenger with you. This has been going on long enough now