The Arsenal fans were feeling relieved in the Transfer Tavern last night after the club officially confirmed that Alexis Sanchez has joined Manchester United in a swap deal for Henrikh Mkhitaryan.
Months of speculation finally came to a decisive conclusion last night as Sanchez finally departed North-London and made a sensational move to Manchester United. Although the Gunners propping up our bar in the tavern were disappointed to see their crown jewel depart the club, they believe that they have completed a shrew piece of business by bringing Mkhitaryan to the club in return – especially considering that Sanchez could have left the club on a free transfer in the summer.
Mkhitaryan arrived at Manchester United with a massive reputation after scoring 23 goals and providing 32 assists in all-competitions for Borussia Dortmund during the season which preceded his move to Old Trafford, but he has failed to live up to expectation during his career in the Premier League so far.
The Armenian ace now has the opportunity to resurrect his career at The Emirates Stadium in a new environment which may be more suited to his style of play.
Mesut Ozil’s contract is also set to expire in the summer of 2018, and his refusal to commit to his future so far has provoked concern amongst the Arsenal supporters who are looking forward to seeing their German international link up with Mkhitaryan.
There are plenty of supporters on Twitter who are calling for Ozil to extend his contract at the club to prevent United from pinching another one of their star player’s by the end of the season.
Here’s what the fans had to say about Ozil’s future at the club…
Alexis I can deal with. What I would not be able to deal with however is seeing Ozil in a rivals shirt. That would break me. Please sign a new contract Mesut. #Ozil
— Francesca Brown (@francescabrown) January 21, 2018
Give him and jack new contracts, them two together will be amazing
— I am grout (@zombie_beegee) January 22, 2018
Mesut Ozil should be allowed to put whatever number he likes on his new contract
— JB™️ (@gunnerpunner) January 20, 2018
We need to keep Ozil at all costs. He's the best play-maker in the world.
— Greyswindir (@Greyswindir) January 22, 2018
Whatever @Arsenal does, we must not lose Ozil in the summer. Offer him whatever is needed to make him sign another contract.
— HENRY Okelue (@4eyedmonk) January 23, 2018
I would love Arsenal to announce Aubameyang with Mesut Ozil signing his contract then passing the pen over to Auba saying "Hey Pierre, let me assist you".
— Mashidur Miah (@MashidurMiah) January 22, 2018
What Arsenal needs more than anything is for Ozil to renew his contract
— Serious Bants (@Xcel_101) January 22, 2018
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Announce Auba and Ozil's new contract and we are fine @Arsenal
— Özil (@FCArsenaled) January 23, 2018