Why an Alexis Sanchez-Sergio Agüero swap deal makes sense for Arsenal and Man City

Several English media outlets recently revealed that Sergio Agüero could possibly be traded to Arsenal in a swap deal for Alexis Sánchez. Sánchez’s current contract with Arsenal expires at the end of next season, and he has repeatedly expressed his frustration with Arsenal’s lackluster performances and underwhelming season. Sánchez is expected to deny any contract extensions that he is offered. Rather than risk losing him for free next season, Arsène Wenger may cash in on him this summer. Moreover, Pep Guardiola is a huge fan of Alexis Sánchez, and hopes to bring him to City. Guardiola might be willing to sacrifice Agüero to sign Sánchez, especially since the former has been left out of City’s starting lineup several times last season in favor of Brazilian striker Gabriel Jesus.

Agüero and Sánchez are prolific, world class forwards and, at the age of 29 and 28 respectively, are at the peak of their powers. Both players are considered to be of equal caliber and have proven themselves in the Premier League and the UEFA Champions League over the course of multiple seasons. If both players were to switch clubs, it is very likely that both players will quickly adapt to their new teammates and continue to perform at a very high level.

It’s no secret that Arsène Wenger, for the last few seasons, has been scouring the transfer market for a proven, marquee goal-scoring striker to lead the line at Arsenal. Although several players fitting those specifications are available each summer, Wenger has been reluctant to spend exorbitant sums of money in an inflated transfer market. Last year he opted to sign Lucas Pérez from Deportivo La Coruña for €20M. After scoring only 7 goals in 22 appearances last season, it is clear that Pérez was not the goal-scoring threat that Wenger hoped for. Wenger also opted to deploy Danny Welbeck at the striker position. A converted winger with speed and skillful dribbling, Welbeck lacks a natural finishing touch required of all top strikers in the modern game. For that reason, Welbeck only managed to score one goal in 7 starts as a striker. Olivier Giroud, another option up top for Wenger, is a clinical finisher and an aerial threat. However, he does not possess the speed to make darting runs into the box nor does he have the skill to dribble past the last man or create enough space for himself to finish off chances.

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