Arsene Wenger reveals why Alex Iwobi opted for Nigeria; while Arsenal legend urges the Gunners to sell Alexis Sanchez for whatever money. Arsenal attacker desperate to join Real Madrid.
4. Alexis Sanchez desperate to join Real Madrid
Real Madrid could sign Alexis Sanchez and use him as a squad player, according to reports.
The Chilean also, reportedly, has his heart set on moving to Real Madrid and would even take a pay cut to join.
That’s according to Don Balon, who go on to claim that Alexis wouldn’t even be first choice under Zinedine Zidane and would only be signed to bolster their frontline options.
At this point, there are few fans who believe that Alexis will stay at Arsenal and many of them aren’t that bothered.
Mostly, we just want to be able to move on, something that is impossible until he leaves or signs a new deal.
His return to the first team after the chaotic end to the transfer window has hardly been inspiring.
This season, he’s scored just two goals and has spent most of his time giving the ball away.
The assumption is that he’ll join Manchester City, either in January or in the summer.
The Daily Star had an “exclusive” about Arsenal being willing to sell him in two months time for £30m.
Arsene Wenger has been told to sell Alexis Sanchez ahead of the January transfer window.
Manchester City remain determined to land the Chilean striker – but are prepared to wait until the summer when he becomes a free agent.
That could be a problem for Arsenal, who are now ready to cash in after pulling the plug on Sanchez’ £60m deadline day move to the Etihad.
While City are willing to wait, they do not want to risk losing the 28-year-old to one of Europe’s giants, who is free to negotiate with in January.
Former Arsenal captain Tony Adams insists Wenger must find a buyer.
He told Omnisport: “We used to have a philosophy at Arsenal: If you don’t want to be at the club then bye-bye, we shake your hand get people that do, whatever money.”
“I’ve always loved those principles, so if he doesn’t want to be here then try and get the most you can for him and get him on and get someone that does want to play for the club.”
Guardiola still sees Sanchez as one of his top targets in January or at the end of the season, despite City’s outstanding start to the campaign.
2. Arsene Wenger reveals why Alex Iwobi opted for Nigeria
Arsene Wenger has revealed that England’s reluctance to push for Alex Iwobi influenced the Arsenal midfielder’s decision to play for Nigeria.
Prior to getting his first cap for Nigeria in October 2015, the 21-year-old had featured for the Three Lions’ youth sides.
“He had the potential to play for England and for Nigeria,” Wenger said.
“Today he looks very happy with Nigeria. When I speak to him, he’s had very positive experiences.”
“He brings his quality to Nigeria – he’s absolutely a creative player going forward. He’s very strong in small spaces and he’s starting to score goals as well.
“For a while it was open between England and Nigeria, and England didn’t really push for Alex during that period. Nigeria were more willing to have him. I’ve seen many times that sons of parents from Nigeria want to go back to their parents’ country.”
1. Arsene Wenger open to Sanchez with Draxler swap deal
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is thought to be open to the idea of swapping Sanchez with Paris Saint-Germain winger Julian Draxler, the Daily Star report.
It is believed that if Sanchez decides to leave in January, Wenger would want to sell the Chilean to a European side and not Manchester City.
Paris Saint-Germain are one of a number of European sides interested in Sanchez’s signature, and Wenger would want a guaranteed replacement in return, rather than cash, with that being long-term target Draxler.
With the forward’s contract up in the summer, Arsenal are thought to want £30m for Sanchez in January, however, if the Gunners can strike up a swap deal with Paris Saint-Germain for the out of favour Draxler, then it could be a positive outcome for both parties.
Wenger has been a big fan of Draxler, with the German being linked with a move to the Emirates for the past two seasons.