Players eyeing January moves could help top four bid and Walcott close to exit

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Players eyeing a move could help top four bid

Former Gunner Emmanuel Petit thinks that Ozil and Sanchez’s upturn in form comes with one eye on the transfer window. The former French international does then go on to admit that this can be beneficial for Arsenal’s top four bid.

“Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil are coming back to the way they should be playing for Arsene Wenger. It’s great news for Arsenal that they’ve returned to form, but is that just because the transfer window is around the corner? Who knows if they still want to leave? I really hope they remain at the club but, if they do, they need to show the same commitment to help Arsenal to a Champions League spot. The Gunners showed huge passion on Saturday and they need to hold onto that mentality moving forward. The way they played with desire and offensive flair reminded me of how we used to play.”

When questioned on Arsenal’s result from the weekend he believed there were plenty of positives to take, despite the scoreline.

“In the second half, I saw a great Arsenal team on the pitch – they showed fantastic character and personality. Arsenal will definitely make the top four if they keep that level of performance up. They are probably out of the title picture, but anything can happen – in 1998, we were 12 points behind in February and pulled that back. If City lose at United and then Spurs, it could be wide open again.”

Walcott could be among January departures

Theo Walcott could be one of the players to leave Arsenal in the New Year with West Ham or Southampton reportedly interested. The England International has struggled to get game time in the league this season and is yet to make a start. Having made just three substitute appearances he is looking unlikely to be part of the England set up for the coming World Cup. Walcott joined from Southampton and could return to the south coast as the club look to raise funds.

N’Zonzi to make Arsenal move?

Steven N’Zonzi is reportedly visiting London and could be making a move to Arsenal. The Sevilla midfielder apparently had a bust-up with his current manager during their Champions League game last month and that could trigger a move. Until that point, the French former Stoke City player had received praise for his time in Spain. He has made 61 appearances for Sevilla since joining in 2015.

Mislintat looking for long stint at Arsenal

New Head of Recruitment at Arsenal Sven Mislintat is looking forward to spending ten or more years with Arsenal. Recently joining from his boyhood club Dortmund he admits feeling some pain in leaving, but is not looking to go back any time soon. He said recently:

“I was born in Dortmund, I’m a Dortmund kid, I studied here. Of course I won’t rule it out but I’m not leaving with the intention to return. I’m following my path to develop further and I want to keep learning. At Arsenal I want to do the very best job I can do. I’m excited for the challenge and can easily imagine myself at Arsenal, in London, for 10, 12 years as long as my family and I feel at home there.”