Chilean forward Alexis Sanchez is widely rumoured to be leaving Arsenal this January, with clubs such as Manchester City, Manchester United, PSG and Bayern Munich all vying for his signature. Here are four players Arsenal could sign to replace the mercurial forward: Arsenal's interest in Thomas Lemar is one of the worst kept secrets in football. He was the subject of a £92m offer from Arsenal in the eleventh hour of Deadline Day in the summer, but he did not feel as though he had been given...
Arsenal's interest in Thomas Lemar is one of the worst kept secrets in football. He was the subject of a £92m offer from Arsenal in the eleventh hour of Deadline Day in the summer, but he did not feel as though he had been given enough time to make such a fundamental career decision.
Now, however, it is reported that Lemar is ready to leave Ligue 1 Monaco for Arsenal. The Gunners face competition for his signature from the likes of Liverpool and Manchester United, but Arsenal fans will be hoping that the prospect of working under Arsene Wenger will entice Lemar.
The 22-year old has had a somewhat subdued season so far, scoring just twice in the league, but his talent is there for all to see. Capable of playing out wide or in the middle of the park, Lemar is surely Arsene Wenger's number one choice to replace Alexis Sanchez.
Bordeaux's Brazilian sensation Malcom has been linked with a variety of Premier League clubs, such as Tottenham, Manchester United and of course Arsenal. The young left-footed winger has settled in remarkably well since his move from Corinthians. He has been in scintillating form for his club side this term, netting a total of seven league goals in France's Ligue 1 so far this season.
The price, however, would be steep. With so much interest in this exciting young talent, any potential suitor would likely have to bid upwards of £40m in order to secure his signature. There is also a concern over how well he would adapt in the Premier League; as recent Ligue 1 arrivals such as Alexandre Lacazette and Olivier Giroud have found, it is difficult to score goals quite so freely in the Premier League.
Nonetheless, Malcom is an exciting young Brazilian with a bright future, and also comes highly recommended by the newly appointed Sven Mislintat, who tried to sign him for Borussia Dortmund. The price is a tall order, but Malcom could prove to be an excellent acquisition should Arsenal seek a replacement for Alexis Sanchez.
Cristian Pavon is a young Argentine winger who plays for Boca Juniors in the Superliga Argentina de Futbol. His style has been directly compared to that of Alexis Sanchez, in that he is a direct winger who likes to take on his man and have a shot at goal.
Pavon would also represent a somewhat cheap deal in the chaotic transfer market of modern football, with his release clause reported to be a somewhat modest £27m. Furthermore, at just 21 years of age he has plenty of room to improve, and would arguably represent greater value for money than some of his older counterparts such as Mkhitaryan.
There may be concerns about his ability to adapt in the Premier League, as he has never played outside of South America. Wenger, however, may not be able to resist the pull of such a raw, exciting talent.
The case of Henrikh Mkhitaryan is a curious one. He started the season in scintillating form, a must have for any Fantasy Football squad. However, as the season has progressed his relationship with Jose Mourinho has once again become fractured, so much so that the Portuguese manager appears willing to let the Armenian leave in January.
Mkhitaryan would arguably be the ideal Alexis Sanchez replacement. He has proven quality and Premier League experience. Additionally, at 28 years of age he is a fully developed and matured footballer, and would not need the adaptation period that some younger alternatives may require.
Reports have suggested that Manchester United may be willing to offer Mkhitaryan in any deal for Alexis Sanchez, an offer which Arsenal surely could not refuse.