The Arsenal Transfer Exodus

The Arsenal Transfer Exodus
ST ALBANS, ENGLAND - JANUARY 02: Theo Walcott of Arsenal during a training session at London Colney on January 2, 2018 in St Albans, England. (Photo by Stuart MacFarlane/Arsenal FC via Getty Images)

That loss to Forest yesterday left me a little bit shocked. All credit to the Championship team, as they were the better side. However, that’s the problem here at Arsenal, isn’t it? Anyway, now that another trophy is officially out of our reach, let’s distract ourselves with The Arsenal Transfer Exodus.

The Arsenal Transfer Exodus

Alexis Sanchez

The Chilean is consistently linked with a move to Manchester, and a reunion with Pep Guardiola. Wenger’s curious decision to leave the winger on the bench for the 4-2 loss at City Ground only fuels speculation about the likelihood of a January move.

Alexis will not be cup-tied to the Gunners in the FA’s oldest competition. With Arsenal absent from the Champions League, he would also be available for City in the knockout rounds of that competition as well.

Goal reports that the two teams have, just as they did in August, met to discuss the possibility of such a deal. Apparently, Arsenal want $48 million (£35 million) for Sanchez, with the Citizens negotiating for less, as he is available for free in July.

Mesut Özil

A player whose situation is much less clear is the German playmaker Mesut Özil. Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United are reportedly keen on a reunion from their days at Real Madrid.

However, a report coming from Italy states that if a January move does not materialize, Juventus will move in. The Old Lady are long-time fans of Ozil and would be prepared to offer him a generous salary in order to move to Turin.

Meanwhile, conflicting reports have been spreading linking Mesut with a stay at Arsenal, where a new three-year contract is being offered. Either way, Özil is in for a big payday.

Theo Walcott

The winger’s opportunities have been severely limited at the Emirates this season, mainly being deployed in the cups and Europa League. With so few minutes under his belt, Walcott is an outside chance at best to make England’s World Cup squad.

So, the word is that Theo is trying to secure a loan move away from Arsenal to increase his playtime. Former club Southampton is reportedly willing to bring the player on, as are Everton.

The main problem with securing a move away would be the player’s wages. He currently earns some $150,000 per week (£130,000), and it is unknown if either the Saints or Toffees would be willing to foot that sizeable bill. For the player, a move away makes sense for his career.

Mathieu Debuchy

The full-back wants to leave. He said it over the summer, he said it last January, hell he’s probably been saying it ever since he met Hector Bellerin. Now, he’s saying it again.

In an interview last month with RMC Sport, Debuchy said,

“I want to leave, to find a new challenge in January. The fact I’m playing well will give me opportunities. We’ll see if there are good opportunities in the transfer window. I’m open.”

Mathieu was linked with a move to Nice over the summer, however, a move never materialized. As of the time of writing, he hasn’t been linked with a club in January.

Francis Coquelin

The newest speculation is surrounding the French midfielder, who has seen his opportunities all but dry up this year. Coquelin, like Alexis and Ozil, was not named on the bench for the FA Cup loss to Forest, fueling speculation on his future. Like Walcott, Coquelin has not gotten many minutes this season.

West Ham is supposedly interested in the midfielder, with the fee being touted as $13.5 million (£10 million). The Mirror also reports that there is “interest from France.” Either way, it seems likely for Coquelin to be part of the Arsenal transfer exodus.

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