Making Sense of the Arsenal Transfer Window

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LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 28: Alexis Sanchez of Arsenal celebrates as he scores their second goal with Mesut Ozil during the Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Arsenal at Selhurst Park on December 28, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)
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Mesut Özil, Alexis Sanchez, and Jack Wilshere—certainly they are the fore of all discussions related to the Arsenal Transfer Window that is now open. Although they represent the most crucial decisions, they aren’t the entire story.

The shape of the club will drastically change before the start of the 2018-19 season. It is entirely possible that changes could begin sooner than later. Arsene Wenger has been openly critical of a transfer period in January, yet this installment could prove a blessing. With three players whose contracts are up in a few months, January could offer the club a chance to recoup some of the many millions invested in those players.

Arsenal Transfer Window: Monday News & Notes

Alexis Sanchez

Arsene Wenger has flipflopped his stance on whether star Alexis Sanchez will be made available in this transfer market many times in recent months. The manager has hit back at media who he feels are relentlessly interrogating him regarding the Chilean. The rebuttal is that his coy nature makes it impossible for anyone to understand the club’s business.

What could change the situation is the recent injuries to Manchester City’s star players Kevin De Bruyne and Gabriel Jesus. With many feeling a move to City imminent in the summer anyway, the injuries could speed things up considerably. It could also improve Arsenal’s bargaining position and command a bigger transfer fee.

Mesut Özil

The German is in unbelievable form. After a dull performance against West Brom where his presence was sorely missed, his value is very apparent. Losing Alexis Sanchez will hurt, but losing Mesut Özil could be a bigger blow. His form has improved throughout this season despite being peppered with negativity from fans and media alike over his contract situation.

As it stands, Arsene Wenger has staunchly stated that Özil will not be sold. But how the club has handled the situation is bordering on diabolical—and this after a 2016-17 season marred by controversy over the manager’s own future. You’d think they would have learned.

Former Arsenal great and current pundit Ian Wright has been highly critical of the situation with Özil, and he likely represents how most fans feel:

“Sanchez on top form is easily a £100m player. Ozil on top form is worth £70m to £80m. Arsenal are letting that go. It is disgusting business on the management side for Arsenal.”

Jack Wilshere

Jack Wilshere represents an interesting situation. Still just 26 years old, it seems he’s been with the club forever. A career pocked with long blocks of time spent in the rehab room, most recognise his potential. But can he stay fit? A healthy Jack Wilshere opens a lot of doors for Wenger in an area of the pitch that otherwise is in need of a dramatic facelift. And the difference with him is he openly wants to be with the club:

“I definitely want to be here. I want to help Arsenal get to where they should be.”

Expect Jack Wilshere to sign a new contract at Arsenal within the week. Anything short of that would be a further mark of an inept management team.


Lucas Perez

With Olivier Giroud unavailable due to injury for at least January, Arsenal are reportedly looking to bring striker Lucas Perez back from loan. Many were bewildered last season when he wasn’t used, especially after putting in quality shifts in his limited time. Stay tuned.

Theo Walcott

Walcott is still under contract through next season, but his future at Arsenal is tumultuous at best. Completely out of favour, he long-time-Gunner has found it very difficult to get any playing time. With rumours rampant of several clubs inquiring about his services, he has openly stated that he is not open to contract discussion until season’s end.

Olivier Giroud

The recent injury to striker Olivier Giroud couldn’t come at a worse time for him. Fighting for a spot in France’s World Cup squad with teammate Alexandre Lacazette, Giroud has been the odd man out for his club. With cameo appearances in league play for most of the season, he’s finding it increasingly more difficult to retain his starting spot for country. A move back to France could be an opportunity to display his worth.

Whether recalling Lucas Perez has anything to do with a possible Giroud move remains to be seen, but it does make sense. While he is a phenomenal luxury to have come off the bench, it’s unlikely he will be forever happy in the role given the World Cup and him likely being at the height of his career.

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