Midfield Boost Ahead Of Stoke Game & Forwards On The Move

Afternoon Bulletin

City expected to launch a new bid for Alexis

Manchester City are planning to table a £60 million bid for Alexis Sanchez in a final attempt to sign him before this summer window closes. With his current contract due to end after this season, Sanchez will be free to move but Pep Guardiola is apparently desperate to sign the Chilean after working with him at Barcelona. City would look to force Arsenal’s hand and accept the sizeable transfer offer although Arsene Wenger has stated he will not sell to a Premier League club. Sanchez will miss the Stoke game at the weekend through injury and his future at the club still hangs in the balance.

Injury boost ahead of Stoke game

Midfielders Jack Wilshere and Francis Coquelin have given the club a boost ahead of this weekends fixture at Stoke City by playing significant time for the U-23’s. Both have been sidelined recently but were on hand to help Arsenal come from behind to beat Derby 3-2 yesterday. Wilshere picked up his injury in the latter part of last season while on loan at Bournemouth where as Coquelin injured his ankle during pre-season. Both could be in contention for a place on the bench as the side prepares for a difficult away trip to the Bet365 Stadium.

Henry pleased with record signings start

Thierry Henry is happy with the start made by summer signing Alexandre Lacazette as he scored two minutes into his Premier League debut. When asked about the French internationals first league start Henry said:

“His overall play is on point. Obviously he is going to have to score goals and goals and goals to get the crowd going, but the way he has started is very good for me. The most important thing is that he does score goals. Obviously I am going to be biased because he is French and he plays for Arsenal but I like his overall play. Very neat, very clean, he does whatever the game is asking him to do.”

The Arsenal legend then went on to show excitement over the possibility of a Lacazette and Sanchez link up when the Chilean returns from injury:

“I think Lacazette is going to play in the centre. That is where I would like to see him play. Giroud can offer a lot and he showed that but I would love to see the partnership that Sanchez and Lacazette can create”

Perez looks set to return to former club

Lucas Perez is closing in on a return to his former club Deportivo La Coruna for around £10.9 million. That would represent a loss of only around £2 million for a player who is clearly falling down the starting order at the Emirates. The Spaniard’s arrival at the club coincided with Alexis Sanchez’s switch to centre forward and so was the third choice when he arrived. Although impressive during his rare game time, the signing of Alexandre Lacazette in the summer signifies the likely end of his time at Arsenal. There was previous talk of Newcastle United bringing in Perez but it seems the player would prefer a return to Spain.