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Alexis Sanchez return?
Alexis Sanchez could be set for a shock return to Arsenal, the bookies say.
Bookmakers Ladbrokes have slashed the odds on the Manchester United star heading back to the Emirates.
Ladbrokes have cut their price to 5/1, from 14/1, making the Gunners among the favourites to sign the Chile international.
Alex Apati of Ladbrokes said: “Things haven’t exactly gone according to plan for Sanchez at United and with the player reportedly wanting out, he could soon find himself back in North London.”
Patrik Schick deal off
Arsenal will NOT sign Roma ace Patrik Schick, ESPN FC pundit Paul Mariner reckons.
“No (he isn’t going to Arsenal),” Mariner said of Schick, who has been heavily linked with a move to the Gunners. “If he’s a Plan B type of a player, I can understand what Unai Emery’s trying to do.
“You can see what he’s doing, he’s the understudy to [Edin] Dzeko at Roma. If they want the Plan B, Arsenal, then it makes sense.
“But as far as the play going forward with that quick movement, that passing and moving and quick stuff, I just don’t see it. I’m going to say no.”
Mesut Ozil offers
Mesut Ozil rejected crazy offers from Asia to commit his long-term future to Arsenal, the German’s agent Dr Erkut Sogut claims.
“We had some really big offers from Asia, there were some crazy offers. But for Mesut, money was by no means the biggest factor,” Sogut said of Ozil, who signed a contract extension until 2021 this year.
“Money is definitely one important thing to consider, but people must remember that footballing ability is just one aspect of a contract negotiation. The commercial impact of a footballer is crucial nowadays.
“Mesut has the biggest social media following of any player in the Premier League and I just read that his shirt numbers were the largest at the club.
“At the end of the day, this is all information that has to be taken into consideration.
“So, the commercial side is very big with a player like Mesut, who has played in different countries and was the No. 10 of the national team, where he won the World Cup.
“His market is worldwide. The club makes money out of these players as well, but it came down to what was in his heart.
“We were free to sign with other clubs and in the end Mesut loves the club. I put everything to him and he just said, ‘This is my home, I want to be here’.”