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After 108 premier league appearances with 53 goals and 23 assists, Alexis Sanchez’s Arsenal adventure is coming to an end. The writing has been on the wall for sometime. His demeanor has never been that of someone who loved the Arsenal status quo, nor did it look like he was going to be around for years to write his name into the legendary book like the image seen outside the Emirates Stadium. Sanchez has been the most influential Arsenal player ever since he joined the North London side. He is the only Arsenal player who has won trophies (club and international) since he joined the club in 2014. No doubt, he will be dearly missed.
The club tried to sign French player, Thomas Lemar few hours to transfer deadline. Unfortunately, the transfer couldn’t be completed due to reasons best known to Arsene Wenger and of course, Lemar. While it is possible the club brings in Lemar in the next summer, the possibility is somewhat near impossible. However, there are two players Arsenal can comfortably sign: Borussia Dortmund’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and PSG German footballer, Julian Draxler.
We assess the two of them and how they can replace the Gunners talisman.
The Gabon international easily ticks the box as Sanchez. He is driven, his work rate is top notch. The Borussia Dortmund player has his sights set on playing for Real Madrid. The opportunity to play for the Spanish side seems fading at 28. However, he can bring his constant drive for improvement into the Arsenal dressing room. This trait is what Sanchez is renowned for. Aubameyang also possesses footballing qualities that are very similar to the Chilean such as his pace and flexible positioning on the pitch. Aubameyang can play as a forward on either wings, he can as well score plenty goals against oppositions if played through the middle.
. The forward who scooped the Bundesliga top scorer award from Robert Lewandowski last season will notably not come cheap for the Gunners. But, with Wenger’s current determination to spend money on top quality players, we might be seeing him in an Arsenal Jersey soon. He’s already scored 10 goals in 8 appearances for Dortmund in the Bundesliga, Sanchez is even yet to register on the premier league scoring chart.
At 24, the German represents the best value for money. He is young and well-experienced. He was the captain of the Germany team that championed the Confederations Cup. More interestingly, the attacking midfielder almost joined the Gunners during his time at Schalke 04. Already, PSG have three players ahead of him in his favourite position – Neymar, Mbappe and Di Maria. It is looking unlikely that he breaks into the team’s starting line-up. His best bet would be to join a team that fits his football ideals – passing accuracy and swift play. With 93.6% passing accuracy in the Ligue 1, Draxler is Wenger’s kind of player. He will undoubtedly get a lot of game time.
Julian Draxler will also bring the needed motivation and competition that players like Aaron Ramsey and Jack Wilshere need. He will be admired in the dressing room much like Sanchez because he has proven to be a winner despite being just 24. With his skills and varied experience, he can make the Arsenal forward line more effective, supplying Lacazette with quality passes and acting as a goal scoring backup. He fits the bill well for being a great passer and a goalscorer when the goals are needed.
Whoever Arsenal decides to buy is the club’s prerogative. However, these players are the type that Wenger prefers. They would come with hefty price tags, but they both have the potentials to fill the hole Alexis Sanchez is set to leave at Arsenal.