Arsenal supporters have been looking back on 2017 in the Transfer Tavern in recent times, a year which saw Arsene Wenger fail to qualify for the Champions League for the first time as Gunners chief, yet also win the FA Cup for a record seventh time.
The North London giants stumbled to fifth place under the Frenchman last season to miss out on Europe’s elite competition for the first time under the 68-year-old. Yet just six days after missing out on a top four finish, the Gunners defended their FA Cup title with an impressive 2-1 victory over Premier League champions Chelsea at Wembley, thus seeing Wenger overtake Sir Alex Ferguson as the most successful manager in FA Cup history by winning a record seventh crown.
Nonetheless though, there are some downbeat Arsenal fans in the Tavern given the possible disappointment to come in the January transfer window, with recent reports from Ladbrokes unlikely to improve their mood as they have Alexis Sanchez as odds-on to leave the club this month.
The 29-year-old’s future at the Emirates Stadium has been subject of speculation for a while now given that his contract is up at the end of the season, and an extension is becoming increasingly unlikely to be agreed.
As such, rumours have been circling for many months now regarding his next move, with the likes of Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain reportedly interested, and Ladbrokes now have the Chile international as 4/6 to leave the club this month.
And this is news unlikely to delight our resident Gunners fans, or indeed boss Wenger, who may have been hoping to keep the 29-year-old for the rest of the campaign to enhance their top four hopes.
Landlord’s verdict: The future of Arsenal’s attacker Alexis Sanchez could well come to a conclusion this month, that’s at least how Ladbrokes see it anyway.
They have the 29-year-old as odds-on at 4/6 to leave the Emirates Stadium in the January transfer window, with reports recently linking Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain with a move for the Chile international, while John Aldridge has also called for Liverpool to make an offer.
Thus, keeping Sanchez beyond the January deadline looks to be an increasingly difficult task for manager Arsene Wenger, in what looks set to be a pivotal month for the Gunners in their hopes for the rest of the season.
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