The RB Leipzig star man is the latest big name to be linked with the Gunners with reports of a £30million bid going around the gossip round-ups this week. The left-winger who has netted eight goals and provided 19 assists for the impressive Bundesliga new boys this season. Leipzig’s second-place finish has got the tails of scouts around Europe wagging, with the modest Swede, described as the ‘anti-Zlatan’, piquing the interest of the Gunners.
The Atletico Madrid man enjoyed another strong season under Diego Simeone this year, netting 10 times in La Liga and showing plenty of attributes that would go down well in the Premier League. The Belgian is a powerful runner with an excellent Sanchez-esque workrate. He also has a pair of quick feet and is able to out-muscle defenders. While Arsenal would face competition from a number of Europe’s big boys – including Chelsea – Carrasco would present an excellent long-term addition for the Gunners.
The Napoli front man has also been linked to the Gunners in the past few months, and Arsenal may step up their reported interest in the Italian should Sanchez move on. Insigne netted 18 times in Serie A this season and provided nine assists but is considered more of an attacking midfielder than a fully-fledged striker. However, Wenger moulded Sanchez into a false nine at the Emirates and at 25, Insigne should have enough time on his side in order to develop.
Another Napoli superstsr is older than Arsenal’s Chilean wonder, but he is also as prolific. Mertens has notched a staggering 28 Serie A goals this season – only Edin Dzeko has scored more than him – and has made nine assists. There is a snag however as Mertens has only just penned a new deal with the Naples side – but after being burned on by a release clause when Gonzalo Higuain left for Juventus, they have included a £26.5million clause for Chinese sides, so the door is perhaps slightly ajar for move overseas.
It would be a very Arsenal move to take uber-talented La Liga star who is struggling to get game time and bring him to the Emirates. The former Malaga playmaker, who has admitted he is open to a move, could be a great Sanchez replacement, and a big name to lift supporter confidence. A very reasonable fee of £30million has been banded around. Another Madrid outcast in Colombia James Rodriguez could be a further option.
Which of these players you see as the best Alexis’ replacement?