Arsenal may have resisted their exits during the summer, but Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez’s contract situations can’t be simply brushed under the carpet. The Gunners are still on course to lose their two most talented players on free transfers at the end of the season, and could consequentially be forced to cash in on them when the January window comes around.
In terms of replacements, though, one candidate already stands out in Nabil Fekir. The Daily Star claim a deal to sign the powerful playmaker in January is ‘almost done’ and although they’re not the most reliable of sources, a mid-season swoop would certainly make sense for two key reasons.
First of all, Fekir is one of Ligue 1’s top talents outside of PSG and he’s enjoyed potent form once again this season, notching up nine goals and four assists in just eleven starts. He’s also completed the second-most dribbles of any player in the division after Neymar.
Perhaps more important, though, is Fekir’s well-established bond with Arsenal’s club-record summer signing Alexandre Lacazette. The French poacher has enjoyed a solid if unspectacular start to his Gunners career in goalscoring terms and although Ozil’s ability to create chances can’t be faulted, he’d surely love to link up with Fekir once again.
Last season, the duo amassed 36 goals and six assists between them in the league for Lyon – all three of Lacazette’s set-ups directly supplying the attacking midfielder.
If acquiring Lacazette was the first step to launching Arsenal into a new era, then reuniting him with Fekir could be the all-important second. That being said, the Daily Star believe the deal will be worth more than £60million – pretty much eating up whatever the north Londoners might receive for Sanchez and Ozil in the new year.
So, Arsenal fans, would you sell Ozil and Sanchez to fund a deal for Fekir? Let us know by voting below…