Arsenal transfer news: Emery dashes Draxler hopes, Zidane to sell star for Sanchez and more - 5th December 2017
Unai Emery pours cold water over Arsenal and Liverpool hopes
The PSG boss bolstered his attack during the summer with the signings of Neymar from Barcelona and Kylian Mbappe from AS Monaco. This has led to speculation over the futures of existing players in the squad such as Lucas Moura, Angel Di Maria and Julian Draxler. The latter has been on Arsenal's radar for quite some time now.
The Gunners received a boost after PSG's summer signings and were reportedly interested in signing Draxler in 2018 along with Liverpool, where Jurgen Klopp sees the player as an ideal fit in his system. However, Unai Emery has now hurt both the English club's chances of signing the German. He told Sky Sports:
“He’s in a constant evolution and he still has a lot of energy. At PSG, Draxler is in very good hands, he’s a great contributor to our game, he’s learning a lot."
“I talk to him a lot and I’m very demanding with him and he’s one of those very ambitious players and he shows that with good performances, also for the national team, and he’s a very important player for us.”
Emery seems to be happy with the player and the 24-year old has been receiving more game-time of late, making a deal seem improbable at this stage. Nevertheless, the French side has been linked with the likes of Alexis Sanchez and Philippe Coutinho and if either of them arrives, then it will easily change things.
Zinedine Zidane ready to sell Lucas Vasquez for Alexis Sanchez
The Arsenal superstar almost joined Manchester City in the summer and is nearing the end of his contract. He has looked no closer to renewing it in recent months and an exit looks all but likely. The Chilean is not short of suitors either with PSG and Real Madrid reportedly interested in the player, apart from Pep Guardiola's City.
So far, there has been a question mark over whether the 28-year old will be a starter if he moves to Spain given the presence of Cristiano Ronaldo, Karim Benzema, Gareth Bale and Isco in the attack. However, Madrid boss Zidane is ready to resolve the problem by selling Vasquez, as per the Daily Star.
The 26-year old has been a decent squad player for Madrid but has never threatened to break into the first team. However, Sanchez is one of the best players in world football and could prove to be a Galactico signing for the La Liga champions.
On the other hand, selling to Madrid will be the best-case scenario for Arsene Wenger if the player is intent on leaving instead of selling to domestic rivals. Thus, Sanchez's days at the Emirates are coming to an end but Arsenal could act smart and prevent another Robin van Persie situation.
Former player questions timing of Ozil and Sanchez's return to form
Both the players are set to leave the club in 2018 with contracts ending in the summer. Wenger's attempts to renew their deals have failed so far. Now, a former player, Emmanuel Petit, has raised the question of whether the superstars are playing for a move. Petit told Paddy Power:
"It’s great news for Arsenal that they’ve returned to form, but is that just because the transfer window is around the corner?” Who knows if they still want to leave? I really hope they remain at the club but, if they do, they need to show the same commitment to help Arsenal to a Champions League spot.”
While the timing of the players' return to form is definitely bound to raise a few eyebrows, there is no doubt that Arsenal will need both of them to fire if they want to return to the Champions League next season.