After a roller coaster of a summer, Arsenal can finally begin to move forward now that the transfer window has officially closed for Premier League teams. With the roster now set, let’s run through the five biggest topics of conversation about the Gunners looking ahead.
1. The Alexis Sanchez situation
Perhaps the most dramatic part of the summer transfer window was whether Sanchez would remain a Gunner or not. Manchester City wanted the Chilean superstar, but failed to make a deal happen due to waiting far too long to submit an official bid to Arsenal. City did finally offer a £55 million + £5 million bid for Sanchez on the final day, but the deal stalled due to Arsenal not being able to find an adequate replacement for the player before the window slammed shut.
Now that Sanchez will be an Arsenal player until at least January, it will be interesting to see how the forward gets on with the team going forward. A motivated Sanchez gives the Gunners a very strong attack alongside Alexandre Lacazette and Mesut Özil. However, the season could go from bad to worse for the north London club if the Chile international does not give 100% on the pitch.
2. Selling Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain
Liverpool’s move for Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain in a deal worth up to £40 million appears to have made both fanbases fairly content. The Merseyside club are receiving a 24-year-old England international that will give them depth in multiple positions, and also now have a long-term replacement for an aging James Milner. Arsenal, on the other hand, picked up a huge chunk of change for a player that did not tie down a regular starting spot during his six years with the club.
The Ox was used as a wing back during his last 10 games or so as a Gunner. While he did find some success at the position, he ultimately wanted to leave Arsenal to play more of a central role with Liverpool. With Hector Bellerin and Sead Kolasinac now penciled in at the two wing back spots at Arsenal, the club should not experience a drop off in these areas.
3. Alexis Sanchez/Mesut Özil contracts
The two biggest concerns heading into the current campaign were the contracts of Sanchez and Özil. Both stars are in their final year in their deals, and will walk away for free come June. The Gunners have not given up hope in re-signing both players to new deals; however, an agreement with Sanchez seems extremely unlikely now. Securing Özil to a long-term contract is still possible though. The Germany international appears to like life in London and gets along well with his teammates.